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Center for Zakat Management officially started its Journey on 14th September of 2008. This has only been the result of many years of careful preparation; work and unbending determination by a group of generous people, with a firm believe that Zakat as an important tool for changing the lives of the poor and the needy of our society.

CZM began taking shape on the 21st of March 1993. On this date, 17 years from today, an initiative, in the name of Zakat Forum (ZF), was privately launched mainly with the active support of RAHIMAFROOZ BANGLADESH LTD, one of the leading conglomerates in Bangladesh. Zakat Funds were privately collected and disbursed by ZF in an organized manner, guided by the principles, stated in the Holy Quran.

This group of people decided to act on their faith and demonstrate an example of meaningful donations of Zakat, compared to other palliative approaches demonstrated by everyone else.

After 12 years of gathering experience, in 2005, Zakat Forum took up another initiative in managing Zakat fund. Targeting 150 impoverished families, residing in Manikgonj, ZF took up a project, named IDEAL Village project. The underlying idea of this project was to completely change the lives of 150 households, with Zakat, in all aspects such as education and economy so that they may come out of the vicious cycle of poverty. This project received incredible appreciations and bringing about outstanding results in fighting poverty. This was an important stepping stone in the journey of Center for Zakat Management.

As more and more people began to get involved with Zakat forum, this initiative began to expand its operations. In 2008, ZF decided to formalize its activities, to become a much more effective initiative in the field of poverty and Zakat. In this pursuit, ZF began to discuss the prospects of this initiative, with consultants from Malaysia, who were experts in Zakat Management.

The poverty scenario compelled ZF to take larger steps in Zakat management. A conclusion was reached, that the problems besieging the people of Bangladesh had to be solved from the people of Bangladesh itself and Zakat would be an important tool.

 

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