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Zakat: The Third Pillar

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

Zakat is an obligatory charity that Muslims must fulfill, a compulsory act of worship stipulated by Allah (swt). Its intention: to purify wealth and help the unfortunate.

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.

Giving your Zakat through Muslim Hands allows you to fulfill your duty as a Muslim but make a difference in the lives of people who are living in poor desolate communities without access to water, food, and shelter.

We sincerely thank you for trusting us with your Zakat and hope your contributions can make a lasting impact on lives.

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What is the Nisab?

Nisab is the minimum amount of earnings that a Muslim must have before being obligated to give zakat.

The nisab was set at a rate equivalent to 87.5 grams of gold, or 625 grams of silver.

If your earning equals to, or more than, or any property you own equals or is more than values of nisab, you must pay zakat.

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

Your donations enable us to distribute food and water to vulnerable communities during emergencies.

We consciously invest in health, food, and education initiatives to secure long-term success.

We empower future generations by providing them with easy access to education and livelihoods in communities.

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. 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 instalments?

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.

'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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