The Power of Zakat
Zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the criteria of wealth to help the needy. This mandatory charitable contribution has the potential to ease the suffering of millions worldwide. This makes Zakat a very powerful method of almsgiving, which can positively affect change in the lives of the millions in need all over the world.
The prophet (saw) said: “Giving charity wipes away sins just as water extinguishes fire”
Importance of Zakat
“Whoever pays the zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him” (Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabarani).’
The literal meaning of the word Zakat being ‘to cleanse’ is why Muslims believe that paying Zakat purifies, increases, and blesses the remainder of their wealth while fulfilling an important pillar of Islam.
Zakat also provides us with a spiritual connection to our maker. The purification of our wealth through Zakat is an acknowledgement of the commandment of Allah knowing that whatever we own is a blessing and gift from Allah. Through this obligatory charity can we strive to alleviate the scourge of poverty and help our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the world while doing acts which are pleasing to Allah. This is what makes Zakat so powerful and meaningful.
Zakat is 2.5% of wealth that has been in one’s possession for a lunar year and amounts to the threshold figure, termed Nisab, which equates to three ounces of gold and is the minimum requirement for one to be liable to pay Zakat. If one’s wealth amounts to less than the Nisab, then Zakat is not obligatory on such an individual.
“Of their goods, take zakat, so that you might purify and sanctify them.” (9:103, Qur’an)
Islamic Relief use zakat to bring joy and hope to some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Zakat has the potential to uplift communities, change lives and give hope for a better future filled with happiness and smiles.
Fulfil this important pillar of Islam through Islamic Relief where we help our brothers and sisters that are most in need.
The amount of Zakat you need to pay will be determined once you have calculated the value of your net assets. Use the Zakat Calculator and harness the power of your Zakat with Islamic Relief.