خُذۡ مِنۡ أَمۡوَٲلِهِمۡ صَدَقَةً۬ تُطَهِّرُهُمۡ وَتُزَكِّيہِم بِہَا وَصَلِّ عَلَيۡهِمۡ‌ۖ إِنَّ صَلَوٰتَكَ سَكَنٌ۬ لَّهُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower. Quran [9:103]

What Is Zakat?

Zakat is one of the pillars in Islam. It is a fard upon each and every Muslim, whether male or female.

The word zakat means ‘purity’ or ‘to purify’ and it represents charity; all Muslims who are wealthy enough, must perform this charity in order to purify their wealth in the sight of Allah Swt In other words, Allah Swt blesses us with wealth; it is therefore our duty to give some of this back to those most needy, which purifies the rest of our wealth.

Who Needs to Pay Zakat?

To pay the Zakat, one must be a Muslim, sane adult, in possession of the nisab (the minimum amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable) for one whole year.

Items from which wealth can be derived include: cattle, crops, gold, silver, and merchandise for business. Zakat must be paid on cash deposits held in bank accounts.

Any personal items from which one cannot derive wealth, e.g. cars, utensils, food, clothing, shelter, furniture and which are not to be used for trade, are not included in the calculation of zakat.

One must not only have the minimum amount of nisab but it must have been in one’s possession for one whole year. A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat; both to remember it, and also because the reward for good deeds done in this blessed month is multiplied.

إِنَّمَا ٱلصَّدَقَـٰتُ لِلۡفُقَرَآءِ وَٱلۡمَسَـٰكِينِ وَٱلۡعَـٰمِلِينَ عَلَيۡہَا وَٱلۡمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُہُمۡ وَفِى ٱلرِّقَابِ وَٱلۡغَـٰرِمِينَ وَفِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبۡنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ‌ۖ فَرِيضَةً۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ‌ۗ وَٱلل عَلِيمٌ حَڪِيمٌ

The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is Knower, Wise. Qur’an [9:59]

Who receives and benefits From Zakat?

  1. The Poor and the Needy – These people may have some wealth, but not enough to live and make up the nisab.
  2. The Destitute – Such people have nothing other than the very basic necessities; they are worse off than the poor and needy.
  3. Those employed to collect the zakat – this refers to those that collect as well as distribute the zakat.
  4. To reconcile hearts – traditionally, this category was for new Muslims who after having become Muslim, faced extreme poverty due to their decision.
  5. To free slaves – this category doesn’t apply as readily as it once did.
  6. Those who are indebted, but unable to settle their debt.
  7. Those struggling in the path of Allah
  8. Travellers who have run out of money and would therefore have no way of reaching their final destination without help.

Zakat cannot be used for any other reason than for these eight categories listed in the Qur’an. For example Zakat cannot be used to bury the deceased, or to clear the debt of the deceased.

Calculate your Zakat every year with Muslim Ummah

If you choose to give your zakat to Muslim Ummah, Muslim Ummah will collect your zakat, and 100% of it, will go to these eight categories inshAllah.

How to calculate zakat?

You have to pay 2.5% a year.
For example, for every £1,000, £25 will be paid for zakat, for that year, for example from Ramadan to Ramadan counts as one year.
For more information contact Muslim Ummah
Please, when you give zakat use the reference "Zakat"
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