The third pillar

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Zakat, meaning to purify, is the third pillar of Islam. It denotes the amount of wealth that a Muslim is obligated to pay to specific categories of underprivileged and disadvantaged people and it must be paid as long as the individual Muslim’s annual wealth exceeds a specific value (nisab).

Every sane, adult Muslim whose wealth exceeds the current nisab value must pay Zakat, which is usually 2.5% of the individual’s total wealth. Muslims with very little or no income, those who are new to Islam, in debt, stranded whilst travelling, working in the cause of Allah (SWT) or in bondage, in addition to those who administer Zakat, are all entitled to receive the benefits of the Zakat donations.

At Muslim Hands, we take the responsibility of handling Zakat extremely seriously. We understand that when you give Zakat, you are not just being charitable – you are engaging in an act of worship. With our dedicated service, your Zakat donation will reach those most in need, both quickly and securely.

Our range of online resources will help you calculate the exact amount of Zakat you owe and decide how best to give your Zakat through one of our many Zakat eligible programmes. Our current projects include providing communities with clean water, enabling orphans to go to school and feeding families in need. Take a look below and make your Zakat count.

Nisab is the minimum value of total wealth one must possess in order to pay Zakat. It is defined as the value of 87.5g of pure gold or 625g of silver. Most scholars favour the lower value as it means that more people can pay Zakat and therefore there are more beneficiaries.

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Silver Nisab


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Q. Who must pay Zakat?

A. Every person who is sane, an adult (reached puberty), Muslim and sahib-un-nisab must pay Zakat as a duty.

To be a sahib-un-nisab means you possess more wealth than the level of nisab for a period of one lunar year or more.

Q. What type of wealth is Zakat due on?

A. Gold and silver, including ornaments or jewellery containing gold and/or silver
Cash held at home or in bank accounts
Stocks and shares owned either directly or through investment funds
Money lent to others
Business stock in trade and merchandise
Agricultural produce
Livestock animals such as cows, buffalo, goats, sheep and camels
Produce of mines
Property owned for investment purposes

Q. When should I pay my Zakat?

A. You can pay Zakat at any time of year, but many people choose to do so during the holy month of Ramadan when the reward for our good deeds is multiplied. This is amplified further during Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power, when good deeds are amplified in value by a thousand times. Also, many people give Zakat during Ramadan each year because it’s easy to track the progress and end of the lunar year, ensuring that no Zakat payments are missed.

Q. Can I pay my Zakat in instalments?

A. Yes, you can. Simply calculate your Zakat payments, divide this by 12 and set up a regular gift each month, specifying Zakat as the type of donation. This will ensure that your Zakat goes directly to eligible causes whilst avoiding the need for a single large payment at the end of the lunar year.

Q. Who can receive Zakat?

A. There are eight categories as outlined in the Qur’an:

The poor, those in debt, the wayfarer, those in the cause of Allah (SWT), the needy, those whose hearts are to be reconciled, to free those in captivity and those who collect and distribute Zakat payments.

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