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Amongst the Five Pillars of Islam is Zakat, a duty expected of every able Muslim.

For every able person who meets the minimum requirement, known as the Nisab threshold, they must give 2.5% of their wealth to charity before the end of the Lunar year. Your Zakat is calculated according to the wealth in your possession including gold and silver and any investments, loans or debts minus your monthly responsibilities.

Your Zakat donation is given to the poor and needy with good intentions for the sake of Allah (SWT) to help us become better Muslims. Giving Zakat is a reminder to not be greedy and free our minds from the obsession of materialistic things, it is a way to eliminate the line between the poor and rich and help to provide support for those in need. By giving Zakat, we are taught that wealth is not everything and that it is Allah (SWT) who gave us wealth and it is He who can take it away.

If you are unsure as to how much Zakat you need to pay, use our Zakat calculator below. (Before using our calculator, we advise that you check the current rate of gold and silver.) Your Zakat is calculated on the amount of 612.36 grams of silver and 87.48 grams of gold.

Nisab Values

  • Silver: £275.01 (612.36g)
  • Gold: £3983.93 (87.48g)

Enter all assets that have been in your possession over a lunar year:

Value of Gold
£
Value of Silver
£

Cash:

In hand and in bank accounts
£
Deposited for some future purpose, e.g. Hajj
£
Given out in loans
£
Business investments, shares, saving certificates, pensions funded by money in ones possesssion
£

Trade Goods:

Value of Stock
£

Liabilities:

Borrowed money, goods bought on credit
£
Wages due to employees
£
Taxes, rent, utility bills due immediately
£

Total Assets

£0.00

Zakat Payable

£0.00

Why Give 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 education. However much your Zakat is calculated to, it can make a huge difference to the lives of vulnerable 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.

How is Zakat Distributed by Orphans in Need?

The Qur’an (Chapter 9, verse 60) specifies eight categories for the distribution of Zakat:

  • The poor & needy
  • The destitute
  • Those employed to collect Zakat
  • To reconcile hearts
  • Those in slavery
  • Those who are in debt
  • Those struggling in the path of Allah
  • Travellers who have run out of money

Zakat FAQs

How to Calculate Zakat?

Zakat is calculated on held wealth that exceeds the Nisab threshold value at the Zakat percentage of 2.5%. Your wealth takes into consideration saved cash (for any purpose), personal gold and silver, personal investments including stocks and shares, loans and personal debts. Not included in your Zakat calculation is the value of your house where you live, the car that you use and your monthly bills and responsibilities. Additional properties and vehicles should be included in your Zakat calculations.

To help you how to work out Zakat, we have updated our Zakat calculator for 2021 so you can be confident in your contribution amount for this year. Donate your Zakat with Orphans in Need today.

What is the Nisab Threshold Value?

The Nisab threshold is the minimum amount of wealth you must hold to be considered eligible for Zakat and is calculated on the current price of silver to the weight of 612.36 grams and gold to the weight of 87.48 grams.

How Much is the Nisab for Zakat?

As the value of silver and gold fluctuates daily, the Nisab threshold value for Zakat also changes regularly. Current prices for gold and silver are available from your local jewellers or official gold bullion seller.

Do I Pay Zakat on the Gold or Silver Nisab Threshold?

It’s most common to use the silver Nisab threshold to calculate your Zakat as this provides the greatest amount of help to communities living in poverty or without food. Your local imam or scholar will advise whether you should use the Nisab value for gold or silver.

What is Zakat?

One of the Five Pillars of Islam, the meaning of Zakat is literally ‘that which purifies’. The obligatory charitable contribution is meant to not only support communities and families living in poverty but purify your wealth in the name of Allah SWT.

What are the Zakat Rules?

The rules of Zakat are laid out in the Qur’an as given by the Prophet (PBUH) and include details around how much Zakat is, when to pay Zakat, how much Zakat to pay and who we can give Zakat to. Although the rules can be interpreted differently by different Islamic schools of thought, they follow a basic structure.

Zakat is calculated as 2.5% of wealth outside of our daily means

Zakat is paid after excess wealth has been held for a full Hawl (Islamic year)

The Zakat you pay will depend on how much excess wealth you have minus your responsibilities

Those eligible to receive Zakat are defined as;

– Fakir, the poor

– Miskin, the hungry

– Amil, those who distribute Zakat

– Riqab, those living in slavery

– Gharmin, those living in unmanageable debt

– Fisabilillah, those who fight in Allah’s SWT name

– Ibnus Sabil, stranded travellers who are without support

– Muallaf, new joiners of the faith or friends of the Muslim community

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.

When is Zakat due in 2021?

There is no fixed date for Zakat contributions – the timeframe in which you must pay will depend on when your wealth first crossed the Nisab threshold. After a full Hawl has passed, this is known as the Zakat year and will be the date your Zakat is due.

Can We Give Zakat Before Ramadan?

If a full Hawl has not passed since you first crossed the Nisab value or when you last paid your Zakat, you can still pay during Ramadan but should make sure you have no future obligations or responsibilities that could be affected by early payment.

Can You Give Zakat to Build a Mosque?

No; mosques, accommodation and buildings of any purpose are not considered a supported cause in the Zakat rules.

Zakat Facts for Families

There are many queries around the giving of Zakat to family members and whether this is considered acceptable if your family member is eligible to receive Zakat. We have provided answers to some of the most common questions.

Can a Mother Give Zakat to Her Son?

No. Zakat cannot be given to any family member that is dependent on you or whom you are already obligated to support, for instance, a parent to their child or a child to their parent.

Can I Give Zakat to My Husband?

While a husband is obligated to support his wife and cannot donate her his Zakat, a wife can give her Zakat to her husband if he falls under one of the eligible groups for receiving Zakat.

Can I Give Zakat to My Aunt?

There is no obligation for aunts and uncles to support their nieces and nephews or the other way around, children are not responsible for their parent’s siblings. It is permitted to give Zakat to an aunt or uncle, as long as they are considered eligible to receive Zakat donations.

Can We Give Zakat to Our Parents?

No, as a mother cannot give Zakat to her son, children are not permitted to give Zakat to their parents as they are expected to look after their parents once they become independent adults.

Can We Give Zakat to Sisters or Brothers?

Siblings are not considered a dependent of each other and it is permitted for siblings to donate Zakat to a sister or brother if they are considered eligible to receive Zakat contributions.

Can A Daughter Give Zakat to Her Mother?

No, both daughters and sons are obligated to care for their parents and contributions should not be given from a child to a parent in the name of Zakat.

Pay your Zakat for orphan sponsorship today and provide a child in need with the support they require to live a fuller, more wholesome life. Supported by caring teams and with access to life-saving facilities including nutritious meals, education, healthcare and safe accommodation, you can help us make a difference. Donate today.