Zakat Chicago is a committee of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. Visit the CIOGC website. PRINCIPLE: Zakat Chicago operates on the principle of: “Local Collection, Local Distribution” in cooperation with all local participating organizations. COLLECTION: Zakat is collected from local Muslim individuals, businesses, and participating Islamic organizations. DISTRIBUTION: The Zakat collected is distributed among various Chicago area Muslim community projects in accordance with the Shari’ah (Islamic law) guidelines.