Salam Charity UK Appeals | Zakat
Zakat

Overview

ZAKAT IS AN ACT OF WORSHIP AND A MEANS OF PURIFYING OUR PERSONAL WEALTH.

Zakat involves giving of 2.5% of our annual wealth to charity. It is one of the five pillars of Islam and compulsory for all eligible Muslims.

Our AIMS

  • Zakat provides dual purification: it frees us from attachment to material wealth, miserliness, greed, and love of this world, and simultaneously enables us to grow and develop our souls.
  • Zakat is also intended to eradicate poverty.
  • Your donations fuel the economic empowerment of deprived communities.
  • Zakat contributes to socio-economic justice. It isn’t a voluntary act of piety to help the poor; it’s a religious obligation.

HOW MUCH IS ZAKAT?

Every Muslim who is sane, has reached an age of maturity, and possesses wealth above the threshold (Nisab) is required to pay Zakat.

Zakat is 2.5% of your total cumulative wealth in one lunar year.

Nisab is the threshold for paying Zakat and it’s calculated in gold and silver. It’s the value of 87.48 grams of gold or 612.36 grams of silver (which varies according to the current exchange rate).

WHERE DOES YOUR ZAKAT GO?

Providing food security

Zakat donations go towards our projects which support the world’s most vulnerable people. For example, they may be used to buy food parcels which provide families with essentials (like rice, oil, chickpeas and lentils) to feed themselves for around a month. We distribute these parcels in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Uganda. In 2023, we sent tonnes of food parcels to our brothers and sisters in Gaza.

Cash Assistance

When possible, we provide families their Zakat entitlement in the form of cash assistance, giving them the financial freedom to spend this amount on what they see as a priority at that given moment. Usually they spend this on urgent needs for their children, such as new clothing, medication, or educational material for the childs’ learning experience. However, once the Zakat has been handed to the beneficiary, they are free to choose how and what they spend that money on.