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What is Zakat?

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

Zakat is a foundational pillar of Islam and it has the potential to alleviate the suffering of millions of men, women, and children around the world.

Every person who is sane, an adult (reached puberty), Muslim, and owns wealth above the nisab must pay 2.5% of that wealth as Zakat as their duty.

Zakat itself is a compulsory act of worship stipulated by Allah (swt). It isn’t a tax or a charity, but instead it is intended to purify our wealth, physically and spiritually.

Giving your Zakat through Muslim Hands not only allows you to fulfill your Islamic obligation, but it also means you support our vital work in tackling poverty worldwide.

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What is the nisab?

The nisab is the minimum value of wealth one must possess in order to pay Zakat. It is defined as the value of 87.5g of pure gold or 625g silver.

Most scholars favour the lower value as it means that more people can pay Zakat and therefore there are more beneficiaries.

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How We Spend Your Zakat Donations

Most of the work we carry out at Muslim Hands is Zakat eligible.

As well as distributing food and water to those most in need, we carry out long-term projects across the countries where we operate.

This includes the provision of healthcare, access to education and livelihoods support for the most deprived communities in the world.

Your Zakat has the power to change lives for generations to come InshAllah. 

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Q. Who must pay Zakat?

A. Every person who is sane, an adult (reached puberty), Muslim, and sahib-un-nisab must pay Zakat as a duty.

To be a sahib-un-nisab means you possess more wealth than the level of nisab for a period of one lunar year or more.

Q. What is the nisab?

A. The nisab is the minimum value of wealth one must possess in order to pay Zakat. It is defined as the value of 87.5g of pure gold or 625g silver. Most scholars favour the lower value as it means that more people can pay Zakat and therefore there are more beneficiaries.

Q. Who receives Zakat?

A. There are various people who can receive Zakat. These groups are identified by Allah (swt) in the Holy Qur’an (9:60). The recipient of your Zakat must be poor and/or needy- meaning that their assets would not reach the nisab. Additionally, they cannot belong to your immediate family, nor can they be a Hashimi; a descendant of Prophet Muhammad (saw).

Q. What type of wealth is Zakat due on?

A. Gold and silver, including ornaments or
jewellery containing gold and/or silver

Cash held at home or in bank accounts

Stocks and shares owned directly or through
investment funds

Money lent to others

Business stock in trade and merchandise

Agricultural produce

Livestock animals such as cows, buffaloes,
goats, sheep, and camels

Produce of mines

Pensions

Property owned for investment purposes

Q. When should I pay my Zakat?

A. You can pay your Zakat at any time, but many people chose to do so during the month of Ramadan when the reward for our good deeds is multiplied and it is easier to calculate the lunar year.

Q. Can I pay my Zakat in instalments?

A. Yes you can. Simply calculate your Zakat payments, divide this by 12 and set up a regular gift to the Zakat Fund, specifying Zakat as the type of donation.

Q. How much of my donation goes directly to the cause?

A. For more information on our donation policy please see our ‘How Your Money is Spent’ page.

'The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing.' [Quran 2:261]

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Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands Canada is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Charity Registration No. 81126 4985 RR0001).