Zakat

Almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with prayer, fasting, pilgrimage (Hajj) and belief in Allah (SWT) and His Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount – known as nisab – they must pay 2.5% of that wealth as zakat.


“And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (2:110, Qur’an)

Donating your zakat with Islamic Relief

With Islamic Relief we work hard each day to make sure your donations are used in the most effective way possible. Your donation is an amanah (trust) that we take very seriously because we are accountable to those in need, to you and most importantly to Allah (SWT).

When you donate your zakat with us, we use it to help fight poverty through sustainable change or provide immediate emergency relief when crisis hits. In the face of hunger, conflict, poverty or disaster, your almsgiving will help to build healthier, stronger communities all over the world.

Give your zakat now.

Calculate how much you need to pay by using our Zakat Calculator!

Value of Gold & Silver you possess


Cash at Home & Bank Accounts

Other Savings

Investment & Share Values

Money owed to you


Stock Value


Money You Owe

Other Outgoings Due



FAQs

  • What is nisab?

    Nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must have—after calculating necessary expenses—to be eligible to contribute zakat. Nisab is equivalent to the value of 3 ounces of gold. The nisab we’ve calculated for our zakat calculator is based on the most recent report available to us (disclaimer: this number may change daily depending on fluctuations in the gold exchange rate).

  • Who is obligated to pay zakat?

    Every adult Muslim who meets the requirements of nisab and hawl in a calendar year must pay zakat for that year. There are some conditions that may require others, a wali (guardian) of a minor for instance, to pay zakat too. As always, it is best to consult with your local imam or scholar for clarification.

  • When should I pay zakat?

    It should be paid as soon as possible prior to or at the time that you’ve earned the requisite amount of nisab each lunar year, or one year after you last paid it. Tip: A good way to ensure zakat is made in a timely fashion is to pay it during Ramadan.

  • On whose behalf do I have to pay zakat al-fitr?

    Zakat al-fitr should be paid on behalf of everyone in the family. There are some scholars that recommend that it is also paid on behalf of unborn children after the 120th day of pregnancy, but do not view it as obligatory. Most scholars do agree, however, that zakat al-fitr should be paid on behalf of the baby after his/her birth. Please do consult with your local imam or scholar for further clarification.

  • When should I pay my zakat al-fitr?

    It should be paid before Eid prayer (or any day during Ramadan). There are some schools of thought that also allow for zakat al-fitr to be paid even before Ramadan. Consult with your local imam or scholar if you need additional information.

  • What is zakat?

    In Arabic, zakat means purification, growth and blessing. It is a charitable practice that requires all able Muslims (those who meet the requirement as dependent upon nisab and hawl see below) to contribute a fixed portion of their wealth – 2.5% of savings — to help the needy.

RECIPIENTS OF ZAKAT:

The recipients, according to Quran are as follows: “Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer (the funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to truth); for those in bondage and in debt; and for the wayfarer: (Thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.” (Quran 9:60)

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