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ZAKAH DONATIONS 

An obligation to help those in need as a form of purification of one’s wealth

Giving Zakah is an obligation decreed by Allah Almighty upon every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth that exceeds the value of the Nisab. Making a Zakah donation – 2.5% of one’s wealth – is fulfilling a pillar of Islam, which, by Quranic ranking, is next after prayer in importance. The Arabic word ‘Zakah’ or sometimes pronounced ‘Zakat’, means purification, growth and blessing.

In the holy Qur’an, Allah teaches us that giving Zakah is greatly rewarded and a way to obtain His mercy:

“My Mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who have God-consciousness and give their Zakat and those who believe in Our Signs.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:156).

In the holy Qur’an, Allah teaches us that giving Zakah is greatly rewarded and a way to obtain His mercy:
“My Mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who have God-consciousness and give their Zakat and those who believe in Our Signs.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:156).

The power of your Zakah 

In donating through Al-Fikr, your Zakah transforms the lives of some of the most vulnerable people around the world. Your Zakah donations can be used to provide food and water, as well as care for orphans. When sponsoring orphans, you help provide hope and stability, enabling orphan children to thrive and succeed.

However, Al-Fikr is also committed to doing more with your Zakah. We strive to truly lift people out of desperate situations and to break cycles of poverty. We focus on building livelihoods and delivering income-generation projects.

With your Zakah donations, we are also building homes for those eligible to receive Zakah. In rural parts of the world, millions of people are living way below the poverty line, and in very poor living conditions. They lack proper homes, often causing them to live in tents or homes built from scraps of material. Without homes, people lack safety, security and it further causes the spread of disease and illness due to unsanitary conditions.

By building homes for vulnerable families, especially focusing on widows, we provide stability, protection and promote a healthier and happier way of living

Who Is Eligible To Receive Zakah?

There are a total of eight categories of people eligible to receive Zakah:

  1. The Poor: those in financial disdain

  2. The Needy: those in financial need

  3. The Administrators of Zakah or Zakah Collectors appointed by the State

  4. Those who have recently converted to Islam and need help

  5. Zakah given to end slavery

  6. Those in debt

  7. Zakah given in the name of God

  8. Travellers, including refugees

 

Note that you cannot give Zakah to your spouse, children, parents, or grandparents, even if they fall into any of these categories; you can, however, help them financially as much as you want, but not with the intention of Zakah.

Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana)

Make sure you don’t forget to pay Fitrana this Ramadan. While Zakat is wajib (obligatory) and can be given at any time during the year, Zakat al-Fitr or Fitrana must be paid in Ramadan, before the Eid Salah.

Please pay your Fitrana early. Fitrana is used to ensure that everyone has a chance to enjoy the Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Every head of a Muslim household should pay Fitrana on behalf of every member of the family to feed those who have nothing to eat on Eid.