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Calculate your Zakat


“Establish the prayer and pay the zakat.” (2:43)

As you know, Zakat is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. Every Muslim must pay 2.5% Zakat on his or her savings that have been held for a period of a year.

Savings would include cash you have at home, in bank accounts and investments such as shares and bonds. Gold and silver jewellery would also need Zakat to be paid.

The paying of Zakat provides us with the chance to deliver a religious duty but also help destitute orphans and widows across the world through Orphans in Need.

Muslims are encouraged throughout the Qur’an to help the poor and needy, through both compulsory (Zakat) and voluntary (Sadaqah) charity.

Why pay your Zakat to Orphans in Need?

The support of destitute orphans and widows is a cause for which Zakat is applicable and highly recommended. £360 will support an orphan child for an entire year. This will provide them with shelter, food, clothing, medical care and an education. However much your Zakat is calculated to, it can make a huge difference to the lives of helpless orphans.

If you have any questions regarding Zakat or need any help in calculating how much you need to give, call our team on 0207 100 8866 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Calculate your Zakat

Categories of Zakat

  • Al-Fuqarā’
    The Poor & the needy – These people may have some wealth, but not enough to make up the nisab.
  • Al-Masākīn
    The Destitute – Such people have nothing other than the very basic necessities; they are worse off than the poor and destitute.
  • Al-Āmilīna ‘Alaihā
    Those employed to collect the zakat – this refers to those that collect as well as distribute the zakat.
  • Al-Mu’allafatu Qulūbuhum
    To reconcile hearts – traditionally, this category was for new Muslims who after having become Muslim, faced extreme poverty due to their decision.
  • Fir-Riqāb
    To free slaves – this category doesn’t apply as readily as it once did.
  • Al-Ghārimīn
    Those who are indebted, but unable to settle their debt.
  • Fī Sabīlillāh
    Those struggling in the path of Allah.
  • Ibnus-Sabīl
    Travellers who have run out of money and would therefore have no way of reaching their final destination without help.

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