Fulfil this beautiful pillar of Islam
Zakat, a key pillar of faith and a spiritual duty incumbent upon Muslims who can afford it, is full of fruitful benefits.
It is He who made the sun a shining light and the moon a derived light and determined for it phases - that you may know the number of years and account [of time]. Allah has not created this except in truth. He details the signs for a people who know (Quran, 10:5)
As we enter the Islamic New Year of 1441, it is a reminder to purify the wealth bestowed to us by Allah over the past years, ensuring that we fulfil the responsibilities of our privilege, and that excess wealth is redistributed to vulnerable people.
Donate your Zakat through Human Appeal in the sacred first month of Muharram, safe in the knowledge that your donation will go directly to where it is most needed.
All of Human Appeal’s projects are Zakat-applicable, but this year, we’re focusing on sustainable, life-changing projects that continue to benefit people for years to come.
In Turkey, we’ll be providing school computer labs to benefit 20,000 Syrian children. In Palestine, Iraq and Somalia we’re providing sustainable clean water sources adapted to local needs. Help us to equip a hospital in Syria, provide shelter to displaced Rohingya families in Myanmar, and help Iraqi business owners get back on their feet.
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Zakat: your questions answered
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a charitable duty that purifies wealth and is incumbent upon adult Muslims.
You should pay zakat if your wealth is equal to or above the Nisab (threshold), which varies each year and is based on the price of silver. Currently, the Nisab is £248.01, so any money or assets you have above this amount hold a duty of zakat.
Any gold, silver, jewellery, stocks and shares, savings, money you have loaned to others, property, pensions and business stock should be included in your Nisab calculation.
In concrete terms, you pay approximately 2.5 percent of your wealth to zakat, but we’ve made this even easier for you! With our Zakat calculator to help you work out what you owe with an up-to-date Nisab value.
Once a person reaches the Nisab and a lunar year (hawl) has passed by, then Zakat is due immediately.
If one has missed Zakat payments over the years, then one must make a calculated estimate of the Zakat missed for each year and discharge it accordingly. These payments are still binding on him even if many years have passed by and whether or not he knew they were obligatory.
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