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Zakat (زكاة)

Zakat is the compulsory giving of a set proportion of one's wealth to charity.

It is regarded as a type of worship and of self-purification.

Zakat is the third Pillar of Islam. 

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“Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” [Al-Tirmidhi]

What is Zakat?

As one of the pillars of Islam, Zakat is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease the suffering of millions.

Crisis Aid utilises Zakat to help some of the world’s poorest and most destitute communities.

Your donations bring joy to these people and bring hope that one day they will be able to give rather than receive Zakat.

With the literal meaning of the word being ‘to cleanse,’ Muslims believe that paying Zakat purifies, increases, and blesses the remainder of their wealth.

“Whoever pays the zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him”

(Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabarani)

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8 types of people can receive Zakat (Zakat Categories)

1. The poor (Al-fuqara)

Meaning low-income or indigent.

This can mean a homeless person in your area, children whose families qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, or orphans.

Anyone who does not have the funds to live a stable life, feeds themselves and their family, go to the doctor when they need to and grow up to be a productive citizen falls under this category. 

2. The needy (al-masakin)

Meaning someone who is in difficulty.

Someone in need might not necessarily be poor.

Some people are forced from their homes by war or natural disasters.

Or someone who gets sick and cannot take care of their children.

Your Zakat can be there for them.

3. Those in charge of distributing the zakat

It includes people who manage Zakat Funds whether in charitable organisations, Masajid or in other institutions.

If an Imam is involved in collecting Zakat Funds, he can also be qualified to receive from such collections.

It is important that only a reasonable amount is taken for this cause and it is not abused. 

4. Those whose hearts are to be reconciled

Meaning new Muslims and friends of the Muslim Community.

Your Zakat can be distributed to new Muslims, and to people in the larger community

This not only exemplifies the Muslim tradition of social justice for all, but shows reverts how important they are, and helps build bonds of cooperation and friendship between Muslims and non-Muslims.

5. Those in bondage

Even though slavery is outlawed in most parts of the world, many people are still trafficked, meaning bought and sold, as slaves.

Using Zakat to help any of these people become free and independent again.

6. The debt-ridden

Zakat can help people pay their debts.

Living with a great burden of debt can be debilitating to an individual or family, but your Zakat can help.

7. In the cause of God

This includes funding for Dawah, Islamic Propagation and Media, Islamic Institutes and Universities.

Funding Students of Knowledge and supporting teachers preaching Islam and calling to goodness.

It also includes any project or worthy cause that is directly involved in working in the broader meaning of the path of Allah.

8. The Wayfarer

Meaning those who are stranded or travelling with few resources.

Whether a Refugee who is fleeing violence in a distant country or a motorist stranded on the side of the road.

Allah has designated that anyone who is away from home, out of cash and in need of help is eligible to receive your Zakat.

Your Donations in Action

Save a life, provide food, bring happiness to a family this Ramadan. Let us show our gratitude to Allah for the many different blessing He has given us by helping the less fortunate.

Our team have been distributing food parcels to families in desperate need, helping them cope with the impact of conflict, and to help them to recover and resume their childhoods.

Check out how you’re making a difference to families facing starvation.

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The Prophet ﷺ said,"Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a reward equal to it." Source Sahih Muslim 1893

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