The Prophet (SAW) said, “The best charity is that which is practiced by a wealthy person. And start giving first to your dependents.”


-Sahih Bukhari, Chapter 24, 507

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Who is elegible for zakat?

Who is eligible for Zakat?

Zakat should only be given to the poor, those less fortunate in the necessities of life. Zakat rules are simple, you cannot give zakat to a family member. However, the amount of zakat you calculate can go to the less fortunate, anywhere in this world. People who are eligible for zakat include orphans, people of conflict and the ones that their homes were destroyed due to natural disasters.

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Zakat is due every year, and depending on your income and savings

Why is zakat important?

Zakat is important as it holds the third pillar of Islam. Without completing this pillar you’re not considered a Muslim and you’ll not be amongst the ones set free from the fires of hell. The importance of zakat is considered large as it is a way of cleansing your soul from any sin and a way of being freed from any punishments on judgement day.

When is zakat due?

Zakat is due every year, and depending on your income and savings, how much you have to pay always varies. In some cases, you may not have to pay zakat if your finances went down and you’re out of savings or other assets. If you need any guidance as to when and how much you need to give, there is an accurate zakat calculator at the top of our web page. Along with a page with more information on zakat calculator UK.

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There are 8 recipients worthy of zakat

Types of zakat

Zakat is given to the less fortunate in anyway. You can pay your zakat towards any charitable causes including people who were struck down by war, famine, and natural disasters. However, there are 8 recipients worthy of zakat: 

  • The poor
  • The needy
  • Zakat collectors
  • Recent converts to Islam
  • To free a slave with
  • Debtors who can’t pay their debt
  • Those fighting for the cause of Allah
  • Travellers who can’t reach their destination

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Zakat is a way to purify yourself and your wealth

Conditions of zakat

As a pillar of Islam, we are told those of us who hear about zakat and can afford it must pay. It’s narrated in the Qur’an, those who withhold zakat through stinginess are considered to commit one of the great sins. Afterall zakat is there to purify and cleanse us, leading us one step closer to Allah and one step away from the hell fire.

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