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Giving Your Zakat

The word Zakat means “to purify”. It refers to an amount of 2.5% of an individual’s assets and wealth payable each year to the poor and needy from a range of categories of underprivileged people.

The payment of the Zakat is compulsory on every sane Muslim whose wealth exceeds the value of the nisab. The categories of people eligible to receive Zakat are The Muslims with no or very little income, those new to Islam, those in debt, the stranded whilst travelling, those working in the cause of Allah or in bondage, as well as those who administer Zakat.

At Muslim Hands, we take our responsibility of delivering your zakat extremely seriously as we understand that your zakat is not a simple act of charity – it’s an act of worship.

We have put in place a dedicated service to ensure your Zakat reaches the most in need, both promptly and securely. Our range of online resources will help you calculate your Zakat which you can spend on any of our zakat eligible projects. These programs include water projects, feeding the hungry and providing education.

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.

Gold Nisab


Silver Nisab


Our Zakat Service

The MH family has been distributing Zakat for over 20 years

MH has distributed over $100 million in Zakat

MH distribute Zakat in over 30 countries

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 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


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 installments?

A. Yes you can. Simply calculate your Zakat payments, divide this by 12 and set up a regular gift, 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.

Zakat Projects


Some of the projects your Zakat can support

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Muslim Hands

Muslim Hands was established in the UK in 1993. A separate and independent entity was incorporated in Canada in October 2015 and there is a pending application for registration with the Canada Revenue Agency. 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