How to calculate your Zakat

7 May

As we’re in the last ten nights of Ramadan we’ll all be trying to increase our good deeds and Ibadah, and especially complete the pillars of Islam that we can (praying, fasting, and the 3rd pillar: Zakat). Right now we know some of you will be rushing to calculate how to pay your Zakat (if eligible). This can be quite a difficult process, which is why we’ve put together this blog, to inshallah simplify it for you.

Hazrat Abu Darda (R.A) narrates the Prophet Muhammad  said: “The one who pays Zakat on his wealth, has purified his wealth”.

1) What is Zakat?

As mentioned above, Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. There are 2 different types of zakat:

Zakat al fitr: This is charity given to the poor at the end of Ramadan (it must be given before Eid prayer) and is compluory of all Muslim, no matter the age (for example, in a family the father will pay the zakat on behalf of those dependent on him- his children and wife)

Zakat al maal: This type of zakat is also obligatory and in simple terms, it refers to us paying a certain amount of wealth we have had for over a year (2.5% of the wealth) and giving it to those in need.  Fun fact for you: “Maal” literally means wealth. This money goes towards the needy, and it is a right they have over us.

Just a reminder that Zakat al maal can be paid anytime of the year, but usually Muslims take advantage of the blessings of Ramadan and pay it within the holy month, in particular the last ten days.

2) Who is eligible for Zakat?

To Pay Zakat, you must be :

-Muslim (Non-Muslims don’t pay Zakat)

-An adult (Have reached the age of puberty)

-In ownership of your nisab (nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must have held for a year for Zakat to be due)

3) Where does the Zakat go?

8 types of people can receive Zakat (In accordance to the Holy Quran (9:60, 17:26):

1. Miskin: This refers to the very poor- people who cannot afford food, clothing or shelter.

2. Fuqara: Those who have less wealth than the nisab level

3. Aamileen: The zakat collectors (the workers that collect the zakat can be paid front he zakat funds)

4. Muallafatul Quloob: the poor who need zakat to strengthen their hearts.

5. Ar-Riqaab: slaves that need to be freed- Zakat can be used to do this

6. Ibnus-Sabeel: a traveller who is stranded can benefit from zakat

7. Al Ghaarimeen: people whose debt is greater than their assets, so if the debt was paid off, their remaining wealth would be below the nisab level.

8. Fi Sabeelillah: those people that are on the path of Allah and are in need (e.g. people on Hajj).

4) How to calculate it?

Zakat is calculated by deducting 2.5% of your combined wealth, including gold, silver, investments etc. This sounds super complicated but luckily you can calculate this easily now using a zakat calculator online.

We would just like to remind you that we are raising money to build a bakery for the needy in Sudan. We hope to provide bread to feed the hungry, as well as jobs for locals. This bakery is 100% Zakat eligible, so please do donate your zakat to an amazing cause that will benefit so many!

We’re also matching all donations made in the last ten nights! So if you donate just $5, it would get doubled to $10! This would make a huge difference to the refugees in Sudan.

Donate here and let’s get Matching! -

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