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Why Zakat is Important in Islam? and Where KORT Spends Your Zakat Donations?

Zakat holds significant importance in Islam and plays a crucial role in the lives of Muslims. It is one of the
Five Pillars of Islam, alongside the declaration of faith (Shahada), prayer (Salah), fasting during Ramadan
(Sawm), and the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).
Here are some key questions about Zakat and why it is important.

Zakat is a mandatory duty for every adult Muslim with wealth above a certain threshold (Nisab). It is an
act of worship and a means of fulfilling one's religious obligations. Muslims believe that fulfilling the
commandments of Allah brings them closer to Him and increases their piety.

Zakat serves as a means to purify one’s wealth and possessions. By giving a portion of their wealth to
those in need, Muslims purify their earnings and rid themselves of any selfishness, greed, or attachment
to material possessions. It helps to promote a sense of gratitude and contentment while discouraging
the hoarding of wealth.

Zakat acts as a tool for social justice and wealth redistribution in society. It is designed to alleviate
poverty and reduce the wealth gap by transferring wealth from the affluent to the less fortunate. This
practice fosters compassion, empathy, and solidarity among Muslims and creates a sense of communal
responsibility towards those in need.

Zakat has a profound impact on the welfare and well-being of the community. It provides financial
support to the poor, needy, orphans, widows, and other vulnerable members of society. It helps fulfill
their basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and healthcare. Zakat serves as a safety net,
ensuring that the less privileged are taken care of and enabling them to lead dignified lives.

Giving Zakat cultivates a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and compassion within the hearts of Muslims. It
encourages individuals to detach themselves from material possessions and develop a deeper
connection with their faith and the Creator. By giving willingly and generously, Muslims demonstrate
their trust in Allah’s provisions and commitment to serving humanity.
Overall, Zakat holds immense importance in Islam as it promotes social welfare, economic justice, and
spiritual growth. It strengthens the bond within the Muslim community and fosters a sense of
compassion, equity, and responsibility towards the less fortunate.

KORT and Your Donated Zakat

Every year thousands of our brothers and sisters donate their Zakat to KORT. These donations are
usually spent on the orphan children in our care at KORT Educational and Residential Complex in Jarrikas
Mirpur. However, if we have enough resources available to sustain the orphan children in our care at
Mirpur, the KORT management decides to spend any extra available Zakat donations on the following
projects and activities.

Every year, KORT distributes food and daily-use commodities among calamity-hit and deserving families
in AJK and Pakistan as well as in other countries. During the 2022 catastrophic flood, KORT carried out
the largest relief operation in flood-hit areas in collaboration with NDMA. During the 2022 earthquake in
Afghanistan, KORT sent a huge amount of food and non-food commodities for earthquake-victim
brothers and sisters. Similarly, during the recent earthquake in Turkiye and Sirya, KORT also dispatched
several consignments containing a considerable amount of relief goods, food, and medicines in both
Especially during the month of Ramzan, KORT distributes food packages among thousands of deserving
families in AJK and Pakistan. This year too, KORT has provided thousands of food packages containing all
essential food items for a family for the entire month of Ramzan. Persons with special needs, widows,
orphans, people affected by Indian shelling at the Line of Control as well as people hit by natural
calamities are given preference.

For years now, KORT is working to empower persons with disabilities by providing wheelchairs and
enabling them to be self-reliant in terms of mobility. A large number of people living in Pakistan and AJK
lost their limbs to war and armed conflicts, especially in AJK and KPK the number of disabled people is
higher than in the other areas. Additionally, in disaster-prone areas of AJK and Pakistan people often lost
their limbs to natural calamities. The Zakat donated by our generous brothers

KORT is also running a program to empower marginalized women in society by providing them with
skills and required equipment to ensure their economic inclusion. Under this program, KORT has trained
several women in dressmaking and fashion design. Additionally, KORT has distributed thousands of
sewing machines to these deserving women. This year too, KORT has distributed sewing machines in
Pakistan and AJK.

During the winter season, KORT distributes winter clothes/uniforms among students and blankets
among deserving families in winter-prone areas of Pakistan and AJK. In many areas of AJK, families with
minimal or no income cannot afford to buy warm clothes during the winter seasons. Secondly, poor and
deserving families cannot buy blankets in winter and they rely on fire in winter seasons. The fire burnt
during winter seasons often causes conflagration and other accidents besides being a major contributor

to deforestation in the region. KORT provides warm clothes to our brothers and sisters to keep them
warm in winter.

Under the “Housing Project” KORT every year builds hundreds of houses for deserving and disaster-hit
families. Last year, we built hundreds of houses for earthquake affectees in Mirpur, and for dozens of
widows in AJK and Pakistan, Additionally, KORT is in the process to build 1000 houses for flood affectees
in the provinces of Punjab, Sindh, and Baluchistan. Additionally, KORT build dozens of houses for
widows, disabled people, and people affected by floods, land sliding, cross-LoC shelling, fire incidents,
and other national disasters.


Another Baby Saved By KORT

KORT (Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust) is a charitable organization that is dedicated to providing support and care for orphans in the Azad Kashmir region of Pakistan. The organization was founded by Chaudry Akhtar, who has since become known for his compassion and dedication towards helping children in need. Recently, Akhtar made headlines again for taking in a new-born baby who was found in a rubbish bin.

He gave the child his surname so the child would not have to face social struggles in the future and became the proud father of over 300 daughters in the KORT orphanage.

“Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas God, with Him is a great reward (Paradise).” (Quran 64:15)

KORT provides a wide range of services to orphans, including shelter, education, healthcare, and vocational training. The organization believes that every child deserves a chance at a better life, regardless of their background or circumstances. KORT is committed to providing a safe and loving environment for these children, and they work tirelessly to ensure that each child receives the care and attention they need.

“The one who pays Zakat, it is as if they have freed a slave” (Sahih Bukhari)

One of the ways that KORT is able to provide support to these children is through the collection and distribution of Zakat. Zakat is a religious obligation in Islam, where Muslims are required to give a certain percentage of their wealth to help those in need. KORT has been able to leverage this obligation to provide much-needed support to orphans in Azad Kashmir.

Zakat donations are collected through the KORT website, where donors can contribute online or through bank transfers. The organization ensures that all donations are distributed in a fair and transparent manner, with a focus on providing direct support to orphans. Zakat is a powerful tool for social welfare, and KORT is using it to make a real difference in the lives of children in need.

Chaudhry Akhtar, the chairman of KORT, has been a driving force behind the organization’s success. He is known for his deep-rooted belief that each child is important, and his commitment to providing a better life for orphans in Azad Kashmir is truly inspiring. Akhtar and his team are always ready to go to any lengths to help these children, and they have made a promise to help every orphan in Pakistan, no matter where they are located.


The recent news of Akhtar taking in another new born baby who was found in a rubbish bin is a stark reminder of the importance of organizations like KORT.

It is tragic to think that there are children who are being abandoned and left to fend for themselves, but it is inspiring to see that there are people like Akhtar who are willing to step up and make a difference. His decision to give the child his surname is a powerful gesture of love and compassion, and it demonstrates the lengths that KORT is willing to go to ensure that every child has a chance at a better life.


In conclusion, KORT is a shining example of the power of compassion and generosity. The organization is dedicated to providing a better life for orphans in Azad Kashmir, and they are making a real difference in the lives of these children. Through the collection and distribution of Zakat, KORT is able to provide much-needed support to those in need. Chaudhry Akhtar’s dedication and commitment to the cause is truly inspiring, and it serves as a reminder that we all have a role to play in making this world a better place.

Let us all be inspired by his example and work together to create a brighter future for all.



Every Ramadan, KORT provides food packs containing essential items such as oil, flour and dates to families in need across Pakistan and Azad Kashmir.

Thousands of poor families depend on your Zakat each year. A £40 Food Pack will provide a family of 5 with enough essentials to feed them for 1 month. Zakat is accepted for this appeal. Please donate generously.

Thousands of needy families are waiting for your Zakat this Ramadhan.

Your Zakat will alleviate poverty for thousands of needy and vulnerable families across Azad Jammu Kashmir and Pakistan.

Ramadan is a blessed month in which Allah (swt) multiplies our good deeds. Allah has made us fortunate we can have iftar with our families, however, every Ramadan families in poverty from deprived countries struggle to provide iftar for their families.

A £40 food pack will provide a family of 5 with essentials such as rice, flour, assorted lentils, ghee, and other necessities to feed them for 1 month.

The giving of charity is even more virtuous during Ramadan – a month in which the rewards for deeds are multiplied. The Prophet peace be upon him was the most generous person and even more generous during this month. This is a great time for you to donate your Zakat and get the rewards multiplied!

Please don’t forget to add Gift Aid to your donations which will help with KORT’s admin costs. This also ensures all funds raised go towards this cause.

May Allah accept your fasts and good deeds this Ramadhan and may Allah bless you all in your health, wealth, and Imaan.


2023 Cakes For Orphans is Back

Get a taste of our delicious Chocolate Fudge cake for charity delivered straight to your doorstep this Ramadan.

A delicious two layers of chocolate flavour sponge filled and coated with a creamy chocolate flavour fudge.

Ramadan is here and with it this beautiful, blessed, and holy month brings to you Cakes4Orphans.

Since 2016 KORT has been delivering the best and delicious Chocolate Fudge Cakes to your doorstep every Ramadan.

Our volunteers take time out for 30 days in Ramadan to raise money for Kashmir Orphans Relief Trust. They deliver for 30 days before Iftar to put a smile on the faces of the children of Kashmir.

The cakes are being supplied by Bradford supplier Seafresh. The original volunteer team in Bradford has united others across United Kingdom to supply to a host of places consisting of Blackburn, Halifax, Dewsbury, Luton, Birmingham, Peterborough, High Wycombe, Bolton, Leeds, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Newcastle as well as Sheffield. All profits go to KORT zakat account.

Our concept is that you can save lives with a piece of cake. Each cake is ready cut into 14 slices.

A further article will give you numbers and details of the volunteers involved in this project in Ramadan 2023.

If you would like to do a cash donation for zakat, please check with our office first. Always check that the person you are giving the money to is authorised to take cash of you. Always ask for a receipt. 

Please show your support to our volunteers and to KORT, have a blessed Ramadan.

WINTER PROJECT: Distribution Of Winter Kits

Distribution Of Winter Kits Among Students Of Government Schools Across AJK

As winter starts in Azad Jammu and Kashmir AJK, the temperature drops below freezing point and it is a hard time for people, especially school-going children living in mountainous areas of the region. However, some schools in mountainous areas with snowfall records remain closed during the winter season, and a number of schools remain open in the public and private sectors.

Children in AJK are more prone to heat loss in cold climates according to health experts. Children exposed to extreme cold for too long without warm dry breathable clothing can get frostbite or even life-threatening hypothermia. They are also at an increased risk of exercise-induced asthma.

Additionally, Cold exposure in children causes specific acute and chronic physiological responses. Acute physiological responses include shivering which reduces heat loss and increases heat production. The physiological response to chronic cold exposure also known as acclimatization means a person living in the cold temperature for a long period of time gets adjusted to the climate.

Many parents especially those who send their children to government schools, cannot afford warm clothes, uniforms sweaters caps, etc for their children.

For the last many years, our donors have generously supported us in providing winter kits to the children especially students of government schools in cold-hit areas of AJK. So far we have provided thousands of winter kits to poor and needy students in almost every district and tehsil of AJK.

This year too, KORT is distributing winter kits among students (boys and girls) of government schools. This year KORT has a target of distributing 15000 kits among students and so far thousands of kits have been distributed in Mirpur, Bhimber, Kotli, and Sudhanoti Districts. In the next phase, we have to distribute winter kits among the students in other districts especially the areas under heavy snow such as Haveli Kahuta, Jehlum Valley, Leepa Valley, and Neelum Valley.

This project will not be successful without your generous contributions and donations. The project qualified for Sadaqah, Zakat, and Lillah. So it is a humble request to join hands with us to keep these children warm during this winter season by providing them the required warm clothes.


KORT Earthquake Housing Project

Housing Project For Earthquake Affected And Vulnerable Communities In AJK

On 25the September 2019, an earthquake of 3.8 magnitudes on the rector scale, hit the city of Mirpur and its surroundings leading to at least 38 dead and around 740 injured. According to initial figures released by the Government of AJK, around 1600 houses were completely damaged in Mirpur and its surroundings, especially in rural areas.

Within a few hours of the earthquake, the KORT team started quick rescue and relief operations. Volunteers of KORT and Muskorteers rescued 100s of injured people and rushed them to the nearest hospital for first aid and treatment. The rescue operation was followed by an expanded relief operation and KORT teams provided food, medical aid, and tents to earthquake effected families in different villages.

After rescue and the relief operation were concluded, The Government of AJK appealed to KORT to join hands in the rehabilitation phase. After the initial assessment, KORT decided to build 150 houses in different areas of the Mirpur District.

The Challenge was that many of the earthquakes affected families don’t own a piece of land where they can build a new home for them.

To cope with this challenge KORT acquired a piece of land donated by a local donor and started building a model village of 28 houses on Jattlan Road for earthquake affectees and vulnerable families. Meanwhile, the construction of many other earthquake affected remained to continue for those families who have a piece of land of their own. A total of around 15 houses were built and handed over to the families.

Recently Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Honourable Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan inaugurated KORT village established for earthquake affected and vulnerable families. PM along with Ministers Chaudhary Yasir Sultan, Abdul Majid Khan, Deewan Ali Khan Chughtai, Ali Shan Soni, Chaudhary Akbar Ibrahim, Chaudhary Arshad Hussain, Azhar Sadiq, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Maqbool Gujar, PTI leader Zafar Anwar as well as secretaries and local administration of Mirpur Division where he was received by Founder / Chairman Chaudhary Mohammed Akhtar (TI), Country Director Sajid Dilawar Khan and others. PM appreciated the KORT efforts to provide a standard style of living to vulnerable communities, especially widows.

Besides that, KORT Also built and handed over houses for flood affected in Salkhala,  Neelum Valley. A number of houses were built and handed over to widow ladies and vulnerable families across AJK.

KORT Management Team.


HOUSING PROJECT For Flood Affected In Pakistan

Project Update Article

Last year during monsoon season, the worst flood in history hit Pakistan which left almost one-third of Pakistan underwater. According to the figures issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), around 33 million people were affected, mostly in all provinces of Pakistan. 1400 died, while the floods washed away road infrastructure, buildings, homes, and livestock leaving millions of people homeless and many others jobless.

The worst-ever climate-induced natural disaster of recent decades was caused by record torrential rainfall across the country and melting glaciers in the mountainous region in the north and northwest of the country. Overflowing sewage and floating rubbish also triggered a rise in waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue which affected millions of people, especially women, and children.

During the rescue and relief phase, the KORT team from Mirpur Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) joined hands with NDMA and carried out one of the largest relief operations in flood-hit areas of Gilgit Baltistan, AJK, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Baluchistan. With the support of our donors, supporters, and Muskoteers, our staff, and volunteers distributed 1000s of food packages and other commodities among flood affectees.

In the next phase, KORT has taken the challenge of rehabilitating the most vulnerable communities among flood affectees and decided to build up to 1000 homes for flood affectees in Sindh, Baluchistan, and Punjab Provinces. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been destroyed or flashed away and thousands are damaged beyond economic repair, unstable unfit, and unsafe to live in.

As usual, our donors have shown unprecedented generosity to donate for the cause. A considerable number of the houses for flood-affected vulnerable families are already completed, many are under construction and many others are yet to start.


The first batch of 100 houses was started in Rajanpur, Punjab. 70% of houses in Rajanpur were completed and handed over to flood-affected families. Many houses are in the completion phase in different far-flung areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

The KORT is building economical homes consisting of two rooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen to provide shelter to homeless flood affectees. The estimated cost of a standard home is £1,600 per house.

*Zakat, Sadaqah, Lillah, and Interest donations are accepted*

Each house will consist of 2 rooms and a bathroom for £1,600 per house.

Please donate generously and if you are a UK Taxpayer, do not forget to add Gift Aid to your donations which will help with our admin costs. This also ensures all funds raised for this appeal go towards this cause.

May Allah accept your donations and bless you abundantly in your health, wealth, and Imaan. Ameen.

Jazak-Allah khair and thank you.

KORT Management Team.


Burn Centre AJK

A burn injury can be one of the most severe types of traumas requiring specialised treatment.

Burn injuries are under-appreciated injuries that are connected with significant morbidity and death. Burn injuries, especially severe burns, are accompanied by an immune and inflammatory action, metabolic changes and distributive shock that can be challenging to handle and can result in numerous organ failure.

Burn injuries result in long-lasting physical and mental scarring, causing discomfort and influencing psychological health, quality of life, ability to go back to work and subsequent mortality.

Third-degree burns that are deep and affect a large portion of skin are very serious and can be dangerous. Even first- and second-degree burns can become contaminated and cause discoloration and scarring.

Prospective complications of third-degree burns consist of:

Arrhythmia, or heart rhythm disturbances, brought on by an electrical burn.


Damaging contractures and scars.

Edema (excess fluid and swelling in tissues).

Organ failure.


Seriously low – high blood pressure (hypotension) that might result in shock.

Extreme infection that might cause amputation or sepsis.

Due to a lack of specialised burns centres in AJK, KORT will be constructing a specialised Burn Centre at The DHQ Hospital in Kotli to fulfil these crucial requirements.

The approximated cost for the job is ₤500,000 and there will be 35 completely equipped ensuite client rooms at the Centre.

Sadaqah, Lillah and Interest donations are accepted for the building job.

Any amount of donation is welcome.

Nevertheless, you can sponsor a room at the Burn Centre for ₤ 14,250 and we will put a customised plaque in yours/loved one’s name outside the room.

You can co-sponsor a room at the Burn Centre for ₤7,125 and we will put a personalised plaque in yours/loved one’s name outside the space shown another donor.

You can contribute ₤2,035 for a share in a room, and you can have a personalised brick tile in yours/loved one’s name at the Burn Centre.

For those who donate ₤1,000 towards this project will likewise have a personalised brick tile in yours/loved one’s name at the Burn Centre.


Housing Project for Flood Victims

This year’s floods left a third of Pakistan under water, with at least 1,400 dead and more than 33 million people affected, the country has been ravaged by monsoon-triggered floods washing away bridges, roads, livestock, and people.

Pakistan’s worst climate-induced natural disaster in years was caused by record torrential rainfall and melting glaciers in the country’s northern mountains. Overflowing sewage and floating rubbish also triggered a rise in waterborne diseases including cholera and dengue.

Working with Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Agency, Team KORT from Mirpur, Azad Jammu Kashmir was on the ground providing warm meals, food packs, blankets, and medical aid in the affected areas of Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh, Punjab, and southern Pakistan.

Many homes have been demolished and thousands are damaged beyond economical repair, unstable and unfit to live in. Therefore, we need your help to build 1,000 homes for the most vulnerable people in Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh provinces of Pakistan.

*Zakat, Sadaqah, Lillah, and Interest donations are accepted*

Each house will consist of 2 rooms and a bathroom at a cost of £1,600 per house.

Please donate generously and if you are a UK Taxpayer, do not forget to add Gift Aid to your donations which will help with our admin costs. This also ensures all funds raised for this appeal goes towards this cause.

May Allah accept your donations and bless you all abundantly in your health, wealth, and Imaan. Ameen.

Jazak-Allah khair and thank you.

KORT Management Team



One of the pillars of a successful charitable organisation is having honest hardworking volunteers.

Praise be to the Almighty, KORT has been blessed with many dedicated and passionate Muskorteers (volunteers) around the world who sacrifice their time to help with fundraising and assist with relief distributions across AJK and Pakistan.

Their purpose is to please the Almighty, earn his blessings, help the orphans in our care, and help the poor & needy people of AJK and Pakistan.

During the last 12 months, we have had individuals and teams of Muskorteers carry out the following amazing activities to raise funds for the orphans at KORT and the poor & needy people across AJK and Pakistan:

These activities are not only fun and spiritually rewarding, but they also benefit individuals, businesses, and the charity in the following way:

  • Helps strengthen bonds between friends and family
  • Helps you make new friends for life
  • Boosts confidence
  • Helps you learn new skills
  • Makes you grateful for the blessings in your life
  • Helps create a purpose in life
  • Helps promote businesses who sponsor these activities
  • Helps the charity gain new donors/followers

We would like to thank all our Muskorteers from around the world who have truly made a massive difference not only to KORT, but to the lives of the orphans and the needy people of AJK and Pakistan.

Thank you also to all our Muskorteers who make a point to visit our orphanage in Mirpur, AJK to boost the morale of the children and staff, and to put smiles on their faces.

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