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Zakat Is the third Pillar of Islam

What is Zakat?

Zakat (zakat, zakah), or almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam. This means that Zakat is mandatory for Muslims, along with the other four sacred pillars of prayer (salah), fasting (sawm), pilgrimage (Hajj), and belief in Allah and His Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) (shahadah). For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount – known as the Nisab – he or she must pay 2.5% of that wealth as Zakat.

“…and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived”

Qur’an 70:24-5

Eligible Muslims pay Zakat once a year, and it is due as soon as one lunar (Islamic) year has passed since meeting or exceeding the Nisab (a certain amount of wealth). The Zakat of every Muslim is then distributed to those who meet the criteria to receive it. At Islamic Relief, your Zakat is distributed with the utmost care to ensure that the most vulnerable, including children, and those affected by war, disease, and climate disasters, have access to the help that they need.

You can use our Zakat Calculator to find out if you’re eligible to pay Zakat.

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What is Nisab?

The Nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must possess before they become liable to pay Zakat. This amount is often referred to as the Nisab threshold.

Gold and silver are the two values used to calculate the Nisab threshold. The Nisab is the value of 87.48 grams of gold or 612.36 grams of silver.

Zakat: A sacred pillar

Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam, it is also a revolutionary concept that can end extreme poverty – that is the power of Zakat!

“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah.”

Qur’an 2:110

How much is Zakat?

Your Zakat donation should amount to 2.5% of your total Zakata wealth. Therefore, if your total assets (after any debts owed) amounted to £10,000, you would pay £250. Use our free and easy Zakat Calculator to calculate how much you owe.

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