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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.

Zakat is payable for adult Muslims who meet the wealth threshold (Nisab). It’s important to give Zakat to a charity which works to eradicate poverty. We’ll typically use it for food parcels or cash grants to families in financial need.

“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people).” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

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When a person has either become extremely weak due to old age, or they are suffering from an illness which prevents them from fasting, they are required to pay Fidyah (if they have the means). This payment is used to feed a person in need two meals for the entire month. We recommend a donation of £7 per missed fast.

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One missed fast
£7
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A month of missed fasts
£210
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Those who break or miss a fast intentionally and without a valid reason must fast for 60 consecutive days. If they are unable to do so, they must pay Kaffarah (expiation) for every missed fast. Kaffarah is used to feed 60 needy people two meals.

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Feeding 1 people
£5
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Feeding 60 people
£300
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Fitrana (Zakat al Fitr) 2024 must be paid before Eid al Fitr prayers by every Muslim adult who has food in excess of his or her needs. Fitrana is due on every member of a household, including all children & elderly persons.

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One Person
£5
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Two Persons
£10
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Five Persons
£25
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