What is Zakat?

The term zakat means alms; it is an obligation upon all Muslims and it forms one of the central Five Pillars of Islam. The actual meaning of zakat is purification and growth, thus encouraging growth amongst the population and community whilst sharing one's wealth with his fellow beings.

Giving zakat is seen as a duty in Islam. It becomes obligatory upon an individual when a certain amount of maintained money or wealth is reached and exceeded. If the amount of profitable wealth falls below the nisab values at the time of zakat, then that individual is not liable to pay zakat in that given lunar year*. If the amount of profitable wealth exceeds the nisab value, then 2.5% of the amount above the nisab value becomes liable for zakat.

Zakat 2019

Ramadan is a popular month in which many choose to give their zakat. This is because the rewards of giving in this month are far greater than at any other time of the year.  

Whilst zakat is not an option, but rather an obligation, it is also a reminder that everything we have been given in this life is worldly, material goods and not ours. Anything that is given to us belongs to Allah SWT and it is seen as our duty to share it amongst His creation.

Where Does Zakat Go?

 Zakat is distributed amongst eight groups of people that are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:

  • The Poor
  • The Needy
  • An Islamic Revert in Need
  • The Collector of Zakat
  • Slaves
  • A Stranded Traveller in Need
  • A Debtor
  • Those Practising; But in Need and Away from Home

To calculate how much zakat you need to pay, please use our handy zakat calculator.

 *An Islamic lunar year is on average, 355 days.


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