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17 August 2020

Your Ultimate Guide to Zakat!

Faisal Nazir
Your Ultimate Guide to Zakat!

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, and an important act of worship for which we are directly accountable to Allah (swt). It essentially denotes the amount of wealth a Muslim is obligated to pay to particular categories of needy people if their annual wealth exceeds a specific amount. Neither is it a tax or a charity, but instead, a compulsory act of worship stipulated by Allah (swt) which signifies the responsibility and duty the rich have towards the poor.

This can sometimes get a little confusing, so we've compiled this Ultimate Guide to Zakat which will hopefully make it easier for you to understand and give your Zakat!

1. What is Zakat?

We've got an essential guide to Zakat which break down the importance of Zakat! Check it out below:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2016/06/zakat-the-essential-guide

2. Why doesn't Muslim Hands have a 100% Zakat policy?

The phrase '100% donation policy' pops up a lot, especially on social media. We are here to help de-mystify Zakat and explain the clear and robust policy Muslim Hands has when we help you honour this noble duty. Check out the facts:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2016/06/a-100-zakat-policy-the-facts

3. Who receives Zakat?

There are various groups of people who can receive Zakat. Allah (swt) has described in the Holy Qur’an (9:60) those who are entitled to receive Zakat as:

You can see all the different groups who receive Zakat and what you need to pay Zakat on in five easy steps:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2017/06/the-essential-five-step-guide-to-zakat

4. How to calculate my Zakat?

You can find out exactly how much Zakat you need to pay by checking out our guide and handy Zakat calculator

This also allows you to see the current Nisab amount (as the price of gold and silver is always being updated) and pay your Zakat too!

5. Still got questions?

We’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions to help make the rules of Zakat easier to understand. If you need more help, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

https://muslimhands.org.uk/zakat/faq

'Take alms from their property that you may purify and sanctify them and pray for them. Verily your prayers are a comfort for them.' (Qur’an 9:103)

6. Different ways you can give your Zakat:

Are you thinking about how to give your Zakat? Here are 10 different ideas that allow you to give water, help children, orphans and so much more:

Part one:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2020/04/five-ideas-for-where-you-should-give-zakat-and-how-you-can-pay-zakat

Part two:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2020/04/five-ideas-for-zakat-that-makes-a-difference-and-how-you-can-pay-zakat

'You shall observe the Salah and give the obligatory charity (Zakat) and bow down with those who bow down.’ (2:43)

7. How Your Zakat has been helping others:

Your Zakat helped support out Anti-Malaria Campaign in the village of Djalakorodji in Mali:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2016/06/how-your-zakat-has-been-helping-those-in-need

And it also is empowering women in Malawi:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2017/09/your-zakat-is-empowering-women-in-malawi

Not to mention emergency food distributions:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2020/05/your-food-donations-in-action

+ so much more!

8. Are you looking for something to share?

We’ve created this short step-by-step guide covering everything from who receives Zakat to why we give it in the first place and all the stuff in between! Zakat has been made easy: https://muslimhands.org.uk/latest/2018/06/zakat-made-easy


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Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.