Zakat

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And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah.

Qur’an 2:110

When you donate your Zakat to Islamic Relief, it has the power to transform peoples lives in over 30 countries.

Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam – it is also a revolutionary concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world. For those who have to pay Zakat, it is an obligation, but for the orphans, widows and people struck by tragedies, it’s the difference between life and death.

If just the top ten richest people in the world paid zakat – a mere 2.5% of their wealth – it would amount to a staggering $15.4 billion! The power of that money in tackling poverty would be huge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Zakat is an act of worship we perform with the wealth Allah has blessed us with.
  • It is a religious duty which cleans away impurities from our provision and ensures excess wealth is distributed among those in need.
  • Zakat is an obligation upon any Muslim who has reached puberty, is sane, and has above the minimum required amount of wealth (nisab).
  • It requires giving a calculated amount (usually 2.5%) to the poor and needy.

Zakat should be calculated and paid on any surplus wealth that you have owned for at least one lunar year. This includes:

  • Gold, silver, precious metal, including ornaments/jewellery containing gold/silver.
  • Stocks and shares.
  • Money you have lent to others.
  • Cash in bank accounts, committees or at home.
  • Any business stock.
  • Agricultural produce and livestock (cows, chickens, goats etc).
  • Pensions.
  • Property you own for investment purposes.

The easiest way to calculate your Zakat is to find out the monetary value of each type of wealth and then work out 2.5% of the total sum.

Islamic Relief ensures Zakat is used in the most transparent and effective ways. All our projects are Zakat compliant and target those most in need. We implement our “Ramadan Feed The Needy” project to provide food security for vulnerable families in over 30 different countries.

The following are some of the ways that Islamic Relief uses Zakat money.

  • Food aid to families living in vulnerable households.
  • Nutritional Feeding for malnourished mothers and children
  • Urgent Aid for displaced and refugees families all across the globe (Syria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia and a host of other countries)
  • Food security and income generation for vulnerable families.