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Zakat

Use our Zakat Calculator to find out how much Zakat you owe:

+ Bank Saving (Use lowest amount held for 1 year)
+ Gold & Silver (Monetary value)
+ Money owed to you (Deposits, loans you made)
+ Resale value of shares, stocks, bonds, etc.
+ Total £
2.5% of Zakat £
 

What is Zakat?

The beloved Messenger of Allah (saw) affirmed the importance of Zakat in a famous Hadith, in which Jibril questions Him about Islam and He (saw) responds:

 “Islam is to testify that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to pay Zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make pilgrimage to Makkah if you are able to do so.” [Sahih]

We recognise Zakat as the third pillar of Islam and one of the foundations for living a prosperous and meaningful life. But even though giving Zakat is our Muslim duty, this first and foremost compulsory act of worship doesn’t just change the life of the receiver of Zakat or society in general, but also has a significant impact on the life of the giver.

Therefore, one should always remember that the paying of Zakat is primarily for one’s own self.

Our Zakat Projects

All our projects are Zakat eligible. In the last 6 years, we have saved the lives of thousands of vulnerable, elderly men and women across Pakistan through our free medical treatment and sponsorship programmes.

Choose your cause.

Zakat Project Adopt A Grandparent

Adopt A Grandparent

For £25 a month you can give elderly, vulnerable people the medical care, food, shelter and support they need to survive.

Zakat Project Dementia Care

Dementia Care

Your support will mean that Dementia patients and their families have physical, psychological and emotional care.

Zakat Project Medical Camps

Medical and Eye Camps

Save the lives of the elderly in Pakistan. Give them the free medical treatment, advice and support they are cut off from.

Zakat Project Food and Shelter

Food and Shelter

Millions of the elderly do not have enough food and shelter to survive.  Provide them with the basic necessities they need.

The Impact of Your Zakat Donations

This is Mrs Munawar Jan, one of our beloved grandparents. At the age of 80, Munawar Jan is still active and self-reliant. She cooks, cleans and takes care of all her domestic needs. However, her health could deteriorate rapidly without the medical treatment she so desperately needs. And, although she is a boisterous woman now, Mrs Munawar, who is also the mother of three children, has endured a life of domestic abuse, hardship and loneliness.

When Mrs Munawar came to Zohra Foundation, our medical staff diagnosed her with cardiovascular disorder, psychosis and a serious skin disease. She could have never afforded her expensive treatment without the help of your Zakat donations, which allowed Zohra to procure the urgently needed medication for our grandma and offer her a new life of dignity. Read more stories like Mrs Munawar’s to see how you Zakat is making an impact in the lives of the elderly in Pakistan.

Zakat Rules and FAQs

1. How to Calculate Zakat on Money

When calculating Zakat, it is important to understand that Zakat is payable on all types of wealth or asset provided that its ownership is absolute and undivided. Assets to include are:

  • Gold and silver (ornaments or jewellery)
  • Cash held at home or in bank accounts
  • Cash lent to others
  • Property owned for investment purposes
  • Stocks and shares owned directly or through investment funds
  • Business stock in trade and merchandise
  • Agricultural produce
  • Livestock

What Is Nisab? What Is the Nisab Value in Gold and Silver?

Zakat is payable by any Muslim if their annual wealth exceeds a certain amount. This threshold is known as the Nisab.

‘And those within whose wealth is a known right, for the petitioner and the poor.’ – Holy Qur’an 70: 24-25

The Nisab value in gold is equivalent to 87.48g of gold.

The Nisab value in silver is equivalent to 612.36g of silver.  

Scholars differ on which Nisab to use but the majority agree that it is better to use that which maximises the Zakat.

When Should I Pay Zakat?

A Zakat year starts on the day your wealth exceeded the Nisab and therefore is due on the anniversary of that date every year.

Zakat should be paid over as soon as possible and not delayed unnecessarily. Zohra Foundation takes the importance of Zakat as an act of worship extremely seriously and has extensive processes in place to ensure that it is only ever used for valid Zakat eligible programmes, which meet the criteria of one of the eight categories outlined in the Shariah.

You can choose from our Zakat eligible projects here.

Who Can Receive Zakat?   

They ask you, [O Muhammad], what they should spend. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler. And whatever you do of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.”‘ -Holy Qur’an 2: 215

The eight categories for which Zakat can be paid are:

  1. The poor
  2. The destitute
  3. Workers in Zakat administration or collection
  4. Those whose hearts are being reconcile—new Muslims who have recently accepted Islam
  5. Emancipation of slaves (it is generally agreed that this category no longer exists)
  6. People burdened by debt
  7. In the cause of Allah (swt)
  8. Travellers who don’t have the means to return home

Zakat cannot be paid on construction projects for buildings such as hospitals, mosques or schools, and infrastructure such as roads and canals.

Why Pay Zakat to a Grandparent?

In Islam we know the importance of caring for our elderly relatives. But, for the 65 million people in Pakistan who already live in extreme poverty, providing all the food, healthcare and basic costs for elderly relatives is a real struggle. Alongside this, the decreasing birth rates and increasing life expectancy in the region means millions of families are no longer able to properly provide for their relatives.

Narrated Abu Musa al-Ash’ari: “The Prophet (pbuh) said: Glorifying Allah involves showing honour to a grey-haired Muslim and to one who can expound the Quran…”[Sunan Abu Dawud].

So, how can we, as Muslims, turn away from providing these grandparents with the help they need?

What Is Zakat Ul Fitr?

Zakat ul Fitr, also known as Sadaqat ul Fitr or Fitrana, is an obligatory payment made at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It must be paid before the Eid prayer and it can only be given in the form of what is considered as staple foods of the community.

The right amount of Fitrana is described by the Messenger of Allah (saw) as one saa’ of food, which is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together. The monetary equivalent should be around £5.

They have raised us. Now, we rise to their expectations.

 

Zakat Donations For Elders