Our Mosques maintain the pillar of salat; similarly, Muslim communities across the world must represent the pillar of zakat.
Last year, we distributed zakat in eleven countries across the world and provided vital funding for nine projects. We were able to provide much-needed emergency relief to over 80,000 people in need. We sent food packages, warm clothing, shelters and essential hygiene items to vulnerable people in countries such as Kenya, India, Palestine, Afghanistan, Somalia, Pakistan and Palestine.
During Ramadan, we were able to supply essential food packs to more than 30,000 people. We were also able to provide Sudanese women and young people with the necessary means to start their own small businesses and begin earning a living to support themselves.
In Somalia, we have helped almost 150 families to withstand the devastating effects of drought and natural disasters. By supplying tools, livestock and seeds for crops which are able to survive in harsh weather and difficult conditions, we hope to help these people improve their quality of life and become more self-sufficient.
Your zakat carries the power to change the lives of people around the world. Our goal is to transform today’s zakat recipients into tomorrow’s zakat givers.
Our main aim is to guarantee that every pound of zakat paid by UK Muslims is paid appropriately. We also strive to ensure that those who are eligible to receive zakat in our own communities get the care and support they need.
We are proud to be able to say that 100% of our zakat funds are distributed in line with Sunnah and the Holy Qur’an. In addition, our zakat practices are fully authenticated and audited by the Al-Qalam Shari’ah Panel.
Your zakat payment period for the year will start on the date when your wealth first equalled or exceeded the nisab. After this, zakat must be calculated and paid once each lunar year has passed, and it will then fall every year thereafter on that date. If you are not able to remember this date, then you should make an estimate. If this is not possible, you should select a specific Islamic date to adhere to, instead. It is not obligatory to pay zakat during Ramadan, but many Muslims prefer to as giving to charity during this time guarantees greater rewards.
Once it becomes due, zakat should be paid as quickly as possible. At the very latest, eligible zakat should be distributed one Islamic year after the date when it is due. Delaying payment without a valid reason is a sin.
If possible, it is better to give zakat in your local community. This is due to the instruction that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) gave to his companion, Mu’adh, who was sent to Yemen to spread the message of Islam.
“O Mu’adh! Inform them that Allah (SWT) makes zakat obligatory for them. (It is) to be taken from their rich and given to their poor.” [Bukhari]
However, we must also distribute our zakat to people who are in great need across the world. We must learn to balance the giving of our zakat between local, national and international aims, without overlooking the importance of supporting those in need here in our own communities. After all, the number of eligible zakat recipients here in the UK is increasing – these people are entitled to the support of zakat payers in their own country.
You can use our handy online tool to calculate your zakat quickly and easily.
You can set up a regular monthly payment like a direct debit if you wish to pay your zakat in smaller instalments. If you choose to pay your zakat with Al Mustafa Welfare Trust, certain campaigns and sponsorships are zakat-eligible so you can spread the rewards of your generosity throughout the year.
If zakat has not been paid in previous years, an honest attempt must be made to calculate the outstanding amount of money owed. You must then ensure that this is paid as a matter of urgency.
Yes! Gift Aid is a valuable tax concession which enhances the value of donations made to registered charities by 25%. All UK taxpayers can Gift Aid their payments.
Zakat can be spread throughout the year, but the total amount must be paid by the due date.
Applicable assets to include in your zakat calculation are as follows: cash, shares, pensions, gold, silver, business goods, crops and cattle. Personal items like your home, furniture, cars, food and clothing do not count towards your total, although zakat is due on any investment properties.
Tola is a unit of weight used in the Asian subcontinent which equals the weight of a silver rupee. It is also known as bhori or yori. One tola equals 11.66 grams, meaning that 87.48 grams of gold equals 7.5 tola.
Nisab is the wealth threshold a Muslim must meet or surpass for a year before zakat is owed.