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Zakat

“And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (2:110, Qur’an)

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What is Zakat?

Zakat is the amount of money that every adult, mentally stable, free, and financially able Muslim, male and female, has to pay to support specific categories of people. This category of people is defined in surah at-Taubah (9) verse 60: “The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarers; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is knower, Wise.” (The Holy Qur’an 9:60).

The obligatory nature of Zakat is firmly established in the Qur’an, the Sunnah (or hadith), and the consensus of the companions and the Muslim scholars. Allah states in Surah at-Taubah verses 34-35: “O ye who believe! there are indeed many among the priests and anchorites, who in Falsehood devour the substance of men and hinder (them) from the way of Allah”.

Our Zakat distributions extend across critical regions, including Palestine, Syrian refugee camps, Rohingya refugees, Uganda, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Africa, and Lebanon. Embrace the spirit of Ramadan and contribute today to make a significant difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters facing hardship.

Global Helping Hands uses zakat to help some of the world’s poorest and most destitute communities. Your donations bring joy to these people and bring hope that one day they will be able to give rather than receive zakat.

Donate Your Zakat

You can give zakat if you know exactly how much you need to donate. If not, use our Zakat calculator to work out how much to give

Calculate Your Zakat

Enter all assets that have been in your possession over a lunar year, Calculate and donate your zakat online with GHH

“Of their goods, take zakat, so that you might purify and sanctify them.” (9:103, Qur’an)

Nisaab for gold as our Prophet (peace be upon him) has informed us (and for currencies made from gold) is 20 mithqaalan, a measure which is equivalent to 85 grams of pure gold (1 mithqaal = 4.25 grams). It becomes incumbent upon anyone who owns such an amount in any form to pay zakat on it in the amount of 2.5%.

Nisaab for silver and currencies made from silver is 200 dirhams, which is equivalent to 595 grams of pure silver (1 dirham = 2.975 grams). Likewise, it becomes incumbent upon anyone who owns such an amount in any form to pay zakat on it in the amount of 2.5%.

Use our Zakat Calculator to see if you are eligible.

How much is Nisaab?

Your Zakat contribution should be 2.5 percent of your total net worth. As a result, if your total assets (before any debts) were £1,000, you would pay £25.

The nisab is the bare minimum of wealth that a Muslim must have in order to be eligible to pay Zakat. The nisab threshold is the name given to this amount. The nisab threshold is calculated using two values: gold and silver. The nisab is worth 612.36 grammes of silver or 87.48 grammes of gold.

“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah” (Qur’an 2:110).

Zakat Calculator

Enter all assets that have been in your possession over a lunar year, Calculate and donate your Zakat.

Assets

Assets include cash, property, jewellery, and anything else of value. If a field is not applicable, leave it blank.
Zakat is paid on a year's worth of savings. This usually means entering the minimum balance in your account since you calculated your Zakat a year ago. Include all bank accounts, cryptocurrency, PayPal balances, and cash. Bank interest is haram and should not be included.
The majority of scholars believe that zakat should be paid on all gold and silver jewellery, whether worn or not.
For zakat purposes, any property other than your home must be included. Zakat is due on the current resale value of properties if you are in the business of buying and then selling them when their value increases. If you are in the business of renting out properties, however, zakat is only due on the savings made from the rental income.
If you don’t intend to sell the shares, then zakat is due on dividends you earn. However, if you are buying and selling shares, zakat is due on their current market value.
If you don't plan to sell your stock, zakat is due on any dividends you receive. When buying and selling shares, however, zakat is due on the current market value.

Liabilities

Liabilities are sums of money owed to others.
Any rent, house payments, utility bills, or money owed to you that is due or overdue should be entered here.
Any unpaid rent, property payments, invoices, staff salaries, or money you owe, for example, should be entered here.

Frequently Asked Question

Here's a list of frequently asked questions you can refer to for more information:

How do I pay for several years of Zakat?
Take 2.5% of your total wealth at the end of the year and pay it in Zakat for each year that you owe Zakat. If you don't know how much money you had, you'll have to estimate it as best you can. E.g. Ramadan 2020 has arrived. For the past five years, you have not paid Zakat. You must calculate how much wealth you owned each Ramadan for the previous five years and pay 2.5 percent of that amount.
Can I Pay My Zakat in Instalments?
You may pay your Zakat in instalments, though it is preferable to pay it all at once. Those who are confident that their wealth will not change can pay ahead of time.
How to Donate Your Zakat?
You can choose to donate to Global Helping Hands once you've calculated your Zakat or know how much you owe. This will help thousands of innocent people living in poverty around the world by supporting our appeals.
What Should I Consider When Calculating Zakat?
The amount of Zakat you owe is based on your total wealth, which includes both personal assets and cash. Zakat is only due on properties that do not contribute to your daily living – for example, a second home that you do not live in should be included in your calculations, but your primary residence, where you do live, should not. This is also true for vehicles: your second car, which is considered a luxury, is eligible to be included in your Zakat calculations, whereas your first car is considered a necessity and is not.

Who is eligible to receive Zakat?

There are eight categories of people who are eligible to receive Zakat.

According to the rules laid out in the holy Qur’an, not every Muslim is required to pay Zakat. You must be over the age of puberty, of Muslim faith, of sound mind, free, and have a positive cash/goods flow, as well as personal wealth that exceeds the Nisab value to be eligible to pay Zakat.

Donate Your Zakat

You can give zakat if you know exactly how much you need to donate. If not, use our Zakat calculator to work out how much to give

Calculate Your Zakat

Enter all assets that have been in your possession over a lunar year, Calculate and donate your zakat online with GHH

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