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Zakaat is the Fourth Pillar of Islam. It is an annual payment made by Muslims. It is not a tax imposed by Islam, but a due fixed by Allah (S.W.T) so that the wealth of a person may be purified. Zakat becomes due on savings which have been kept for one full year.

Two and a half percent (2.5 %) of the total money is given to the poor and needy. For, example, if a person has £100.00 in savings which he has kept for a year, Zakat of £2.50 will be Farz on him. It is important to note that Zakat is paid by each person not each household.

Zakat is an act of worship. It is also a way of showing sympathy to those who are less fortunate. It is meant to take away from our hearts greed and the love of money. It is also to build the gap between the rich and the poor. It is a Hadith of the Prophet (S.A.W) reported by Hazrat Abu Huraira (R.A) that: “Every morning two angels come down from the Heaven. One says, “O Allah! Reward all those who give in Your cause,” while the other says, “O Allah! Uproot every miser who withholds”.

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

Who is Eligible For Zakat

To be eligible to receive zakat, the recipient must be poor and/or needy. A poor person is someone whose property, in excess of his basic requirements, does not reach the nisab threshold. The recipient must not belong to your immediate family; your spouse, children, parents and grandparents cannot receive your zakat.

Who is exempt from zakat?

What people do not have to pay Zakat? In general, four categories of people do not pay the Zakat-alms required yearly of Muslims: the poor, the indigent, the debt-ridden, and the unfree.

How much is zakat on cash? (Zakat on Cash and Bank Balances)

Zakat should be paid at 2.5% on all cash balance and bank balances in your savings, current or FD accounts.

Zakat on Pure Gold and Gold Jewelry

Zakat should be calculated at 2.5% of the market value as on the date of valuation (Lunar date). Most Ulema favor the Market Value prevailing as on the date of Calculation and not the purchase price.
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Do you have to give Zakat if you are poor?

To be eligible to receive zakat, the recipient must be a poor Muslim. A poor person is someone whose property in excess of his basic requirements does not reach the value of the nisab threshold.

How much gold is eligible for Zakat?

It is permissible to give actual gold and silver in Zakat. For example, if someone has gold jewelry that weighs 100 grams, they can give 2.5 grams of gold as Zakat on the jewelry. Any gold and silver that you have should be weighed separately.

Is Zakat applicable on property?

Zakat does not apply to properties that you use for your personal use. There is no zakat for residential property where you are living with your family. Therefore, you are not liable for zakat. Also, If you are building a house for your residence then there is no zakat on property under construction.

Which month should Zakat be paid?

Most Muslims choose to offer Zakat in Ramadan due to higher spiritual rewards in the holy month, but it is not necessary. Zakat should be paid once every year.

Can we give Zakat to Masjid?

The short answer to the query that can zakat be given to mosques is no. In light of the aforementioned verse from the holy book, there are eight categories. Only these people are eligible for zakat. However, zakat cannot be given for refurbishment purposes as well.

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