Why to give Zakat locally?

It is preferred to give Zakat locally for as long as the social phenomenon of Islam and Muslims exist in a particular area. Scripture points to it, intuition points to it – likewise our normative tradition demonstrates this over the 1,400 years.

The purpose of Zakat is for Islam to flourish as a commitment to Allah that inspires believers to strive for prosperity, harmony, and justice. The result will be a faithful, successful community of Muslims, contributing to society for the benefit of all.

Our responsibility is locally. Local distribution strengthens the sense of belonging to a community. Those within a society know best and most effective ways to cultivate the necessary socio-economic environment for Islam and Muslims to flourish.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم advised his companions to do so.

Abdullah Ibn`Abbas رضي الله عنه‎  narrates (as part of a longer Hadith):

“The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent Muadh رضي الله عنه‎ to Yemen and said,

“Invite the people to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah ﷻ and I am Allah’s Messenger, and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah ﷻ has enjoined on them five prayers in every day and night (in twenty-four hours), and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah ﷻ has made it obligatory for them to pay the Zakat from their property and it is to be taken from the wealthy among them and given to the poor.”


The Companions understood Zakat to be local.

Umar b. al-Khattab رضي الله عنه‎ admonished his governor in Yemen, Muadh b. Jabal رضي الله عنه after he had sent him one-third of the Zakat of Yemen:

 “I have not sent you as a tax-collector, but to take from the rich and give to the poor.”

All 4 Madhabs agreed on local distribution.

The Hanbali school stipulates:

“It is preferred to disburse all of the Zakat to the poor in his area unless there are no valid recipients in the land, in which he distributes it in the land closest to him.” —(Al-Hajjawi, Zad al-Mustaqni’, p.78)

The Shafi’i school stipulates:

“If the categories of Zakat distribution are found in the place where Zakat is collected, it is prohibited and invalid to transfer the Zakat elsewhere.” —(Reliance of the Traveller, p.272)

The Maliki school stipulates:

“Transferring Zakat (outside the locality) is impermissible, expect if there is a pressing need to do so.”  —(Tawdih al-Ahkam min Bulugh Al-Maram 3:27)

The Hanafi school stipulates:

“It is disapproved to transfer the Zakat of one land to another; unless he transfers it to his poor relatives, or to a people needier than his own.” —(Al-Zayla’i, Nasab al-Rayah 2:423)

Reference: National Zakat Foundation

Responding To Coronavirus


The local economic fallout of the COVID-19 situation has placed severe financial hardship on many families in our community, some of whom were struggling even before the crisis.

To alleviate at least some of the hardship, MCS has launched a groceries voucher program that will serve families in need while also supporting grocers in the community. Vouchers will enable families to get much needed groceries for Ramadan.

This is an opportunity to be among those whom Allah has mentioned in the Quran:

“And they give food, out of love for Him, to the poor and the orphan and the captive, [saying] “We feed you, for Allah’s pleasure only — We desire from you neither reward nor thanks.” – (Qur’an 76 : 8-9)


MCS is on the ground already helping out the most vulnerable in our community.

  1. Financial assistance to help pay for food, utilities, rent and other basic necessities
  2. Educating our clients on safe practices to keep our clients and their families healthy and safe from contracting and propagating the virus
  3. Educating our clients on rapidly evolving relief measures taken by federal, state and local agencies so they are able to utilize all available resources to help them get through this

MCS needs your support so we can continue help our community during this troubling time. Please donate your sadaqa or Zakat to MCS.



Temporary Employment Agencies

1. The Lawton Group
4747 Viewridge Ave #210San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 380-5622

2. AppleOne Employment Service
1450 Frazee Rd Suite 225San Diego, CA 92108
(877) 233-1510

3. AppleOne Employment Services
9909 Mira Mesa Blvd Suite 100San Diego, CA 92131
(877) 233-1510

4. TLC Staffing
8788 Balboa AveSan Diego, CA 92123
(858) 569-6260

5. Labor Ready
2884 University AveSan Diego, CA 92104
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6. Eastridge Group
2355 Northside DrSan Diego, CA 92108
(619) 260-2100

7. Act 1 Personnel Service
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8. Sedona Staffing
7380 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Ste 209San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 268-9844

9. Accoutemps
600 W Broadway Ste 2100San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-3066

10. Special Counsel
225 BroadwaySan Diego, CA 92101
(619) 230-7680

11. Robert Half Legal
600 W Broadway Ste 2100San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 234-3181

12. San Diego Workforce Partnership
3910 University AveSan Diego, CA 92105
(619) 228-2900

13. Job Options Incorporated
3465 Camino Del Rio S. San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 688-1784

14. CLP Resources Inc.
3934 Murphy Canyon Rd Ste. B201San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 874-8227

15. RemX Financial Staffing
5151 Shoreham Pl Suite 115San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 455-5016

16. Parker = Lynch
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(858) 455-7888

17. Accounting Principals
9171 Towne Centre Dr San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 455-7888

18. American Mobile Healthcare
12400 High Bluff Dr San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 792-0711

19. Book A Helper
4744 Caminito DiabloSan Diego, CA 92130
(847) 331-6289

20. Accountemps
13520 Evening Creek Dr N Ste 420San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 848-2900

21. Accountemps
2100 Broadway # 1050San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-3066

22. Kleegen Industries
3487 Noell StSan Diego, CA 92110
(619) 299-5991

23. Iq Pipeline
1550 Hotel Cir NSan Diego, CA 92108
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24. Bank Temps
4379 30th St # 2San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 584-1330

25. Medical Solutions
9095 Rio San Diego Dr # 300San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 281-0845

26. Allied Health Group
9095 Rio San Diego Dr # 165San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 516-4086

27. Hands On Labor Services
1244 Knoxville StSan Diego, CA 92110
(619) 299-5991

28. Eastridge Workforce Solutions
2355 Northside Drive San Diego, CA 92108
(800) 918-1678

29. Able Body Labor
4853 Convoy St. San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 715-8120

30. Go-Staff Inc.
8798 Complex DrSan Diego, CA 92123
(858) 292-8562