Zakât is to give one-fortieth (2.5%) of one’s wealth annually to one of the eight classes of people specified in Qur’ân Al-Karîm.
قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالَى: وَمَنْ يَعْمَلْ مِنَ الصَّالِحَاتِ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنْثَى وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُولَئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَا يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا. (سورة النساء، 124)
Rasulullah (s.a.w.) said: “Property on land and in the sea will be destroyed because of Zakat not been given.”
(Hadith Shareef, Suyuti, al Jami’ al Sagheer)
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is fard (Obligatory) for a Muslim who is free, sound mind, pubescent and who has sufficient amounts of wealth to give Zakat. This nisab amount in Zakat corresponds to 80.18 grams of gold. Apart from his basic needs and debts, every Muslim who has 80.18 grams of gold, cash or income producing properties of this value performs the Zakat worship once a year.
A decrease in the amount of Nisab during the year does not prevent giving Zakat. It is sufficient for the amount of Nisab to be available at the beginning and end of the year. It is necessary to make the intention (niyyah) for Zakat. When making the intention to pay Zakah, the person must make it with their heart , It is NOT sufficient to say it soley with the tongue.
Why Give your Zakat with Suleymaniye?
We have been distributing your Zakat since 1998, giving us vital experience of optimising our programs so we can deliver maximium impact at a mimium cost.
Our Zakat projects are scholar approved, and ensuring your zakat reaches the most needy and makes the biggest impact around the globe.
Whether you need to pay your Zakat on gold and silver, cash or property, our handy tool can be used to easily calculate and pay your Zakat.
What is Zakat?
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is a form of alms paid on one’s wealth to those in need. It is paid at a rate of 2.5% on most types of wealth, provided the wealth exceeds a minimum level known as the nisab.
Zakat literally means abundance, enhancement, cleanliness and being pure. Zakat is an annual financial worship that an eligible Muslim gives to one of the eight classes determined by Allah, Zakat is one fortieth of their wealth year after year in order to abide with Allah's command.
وَاَق۪يمُوا الصَّلٰوةَ وَاٰتُوا الزَّكٰوةَۜ وَمَا تُقَدِّمُوا لِاَنْفُسِكُمْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ تَجِدُوهُ عِنْدَ اللّٰهِۜ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَص۪يرٌ
Establish prayer, give zakah, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah knows of what you do, is all Seeing. (al-Baqarah 110)
These eight classes are reported in the 60th verse of Surah of At-Tawbah:
Zakah expenditures are only for the poor
For the needy
For those employed to collect [zakah]
For bringing hearts together [for Islam]
For freeing captives [or slaves]
For those in debt
For the cause of Allah
For the [stranded] traveler - an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise.
It is not permissible to give Zakat to a person who owns the amount of Nisab. However, it is permissible to give Zakat to scholars and students who are studying the Quran and it’s teachings.
Our Prophet (s.a.w.); "Even if a person who is learning knowledge has 40 years' of subsistence, it is permissible to give him Zakat."
Our Zakat Service
The Suleymaniye Community Association delivers your Zakat funds to the student’s of the Quran on your behalf. Amongst our students studying in UK and other countries, specifically to our orphans and refugees who are in financial difficulties, continue their educational life with the Zakat and charity of the generous people.
Our students, to whom we will deliver your Zakah, learn about the Quranic sciences and graduate with a special curriculum follow-up.
With the education our student’s receive, they can devote their lives to serving the book of Allah. Our students can continue their life as a model Muslim in society by choosing the profession they deem appropriate for themselves. Helping the student of the Qur'an to get education is also Sadaqah Jariyah.
It is ensured that our students are raised as outstanding individuals who are committed to their religious and moral values.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When should I pay my Zakat? A. Zakat is due a year after your level of personal wealth has reached the Nisab threshold. In order to remain eligible to pay Zakat, your level of excess wealth should remain higher than the Nisab for a full lunar year. For example, if your level of expendable wealth exceeds the total Nisab value in the month of Ramadan, your payment will not be due until the following Ramadan, so long as your personal wealth remains above the threshold. If at any time your wealth drops below the level of Nisab, you would cease being eligible to give Zakat. Once your wealth increases to the Nisab level, you would begin counting 12 lunar months from that point onwards.
Q. Who can receive Zakat? A. The eligible Zakâh recipients are specified in the 60th Ayah (verse) of Sûrah Al-Tawbah. 1. The poor who do not have the Nisâb, 2. The needy who have nothing in life (Al-Masâkîn), 3. The officials in charge of collecting Zakâh, 4. Those who have inclined towards Islâm by recieving Zakâh (Muallafah Al-Qulub), 5. People in bondage, 6. People burdened with debts, 7. People who are in the path of Allâh, 8. Travelers stranded without money. Zakat can be given to any of these eight categories mentioned above. However, the most deserving people to receive the Zakâh are the needy with nothing in life and those who are striving in the cause of Allâh.
Q. Who must pay Zakat? A. Muslims past the age of puberty and are of sound mind are eligible to pay Zakat as long as they meet the required Nisab threshold. In order to be eligible to pay Zakat, your level of excess wealth must remain higher than the Nisab value for a full year. This is when your Zakat payment will be due.
Q. Should I pay my missed Zakat? A. If you have not paid Zakat from previous years in which you were eligible to do so, you must pay what you owe as soon as possible. Missed Zakat would be calculated in the same way you calculate your current Zakat - however, you would use the Nisab value from the missed Zakat year, as opposed to the current Nisab value.
Q. What type of wealth is Zakat due on? A. Zakat is due on: Gold and silver, including ornaments or jewellery containing gold and/or silver. Cash held at home or in bank accounts. Stocks and shares owned either directly or through investment funds. Money lent to others. Business stock in trade and merchandise. Agricultural produce. Livestock animals such as cows, goats and sheep. Pensions. Property owned for investment purposes.
Q. Can I pay my Zakat in instalments? A. Zakat can be paid in monthly instalments. To do this, divide the total amount of Zakat owed by 12 and set up a regular payment with Suleymaniye Mosque specifying Zakat as the type of donation. Sponsoring an orphan is also another good way to give your Zakat on a monthly basis.