'And be steadfast in prayer and given Zakat: and whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah; for Allah sees well all that ye do' (The Holy Quran, chapter 2, verse 110).The word zakat means purity or to purify and it represents charity; all Muslims who are wealthy enough, must perform this charity in order to purify their wealth.

Current Nisab value (17/07/2013)

Using value of silver £257

Using value of gold £2,388

Who Needs to Pay Zakat?

To pay the Zakat, one must be a Muslim, sane adult, in possession of the nisab (the minimum amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable) for one whole year. See the current monetary nisab value above.

Items from which wealth can be derived include: cattle, crops, gold, silver, and merchandise for business. Zakat must be paid on cash deposits held in bank accounts.

Any personal items from which one cannot derive wealth, e.g. cars, utensils, food, clothing, shelter, furniture and which are not to be used for trade, are not included in the calculation of zakat.

One must not only have the minimum amount of nisab but it must have been in one possession for one whole year. A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat; both to remember it, and also because the reward for good deeds done in this blessed month is multiplied.

Who Benefits From Zakat?

  1. The Poor & the Needy These people may have some wealth, but not enough to make up the nisab.
  2. The Destitute Such people have nothing other than the very basic necessities; they are worse off than the poor and destitute.
  3. Those employed to collect the zakat “ this refers to those that collect as well as distribute the zakat.
  4. To reconcile hearts “traditionally, this category was for new Muslims who after having become Muslim, faced extreme poverty due to their decision.
  5. To free slaves this category doesn't apply as readily as it once did.
  6. Those who are indebted, but unable to settle their debt
  7. Those struggling in the path of Allah
  8. Travellers who have run out of money and would therefore have no way of reaching their final destination without help.

Zakat cannot be used to build mosques, to bury the deceased, or to clear the debt of the deceased.

Zakat vs Sadaqah

Zakat and Sadaqah are forms of charity given by Muslims. The two are different in their own respects.

Zakat means growth, purification and blessing in Arabic. Sadaqah means sign of sincerity of faith.

While Zakat is obligatory, Sadaqah is voluntary. Zakat, which is one of the five pillars of Islam, is to be given by all Muslims.

Zakat is given out of the surplus wealth or earnings. There are certain conditions for giving Zakat and is only distributed to certain people. Zakat should be given to poor people, to free captives, to those who are in debt, those employed to collect funds, for Allah's Cause and for wayfarer. Zakat is also given once in every year.

On the other hand there are no preconditions for giving Sadaqah. It can be given to any people and at any time. Sadaqah can be given during weddings, personal success, anniversaries and instances of sadness and happiness.

If a person owes Zakat, his heirs should have to pay it from his wealth. There is no such obligation with regard to Sadaqah. Moreover, Zakat should not be given to ones descendants or antecedents. But Sadaqah can be given to the antecedents and descendants.

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Aqiqah Donation

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aqiqahAn Aqiqah involves the sacrifice of healthy sheep or goat, required two animals for a boy and one animal for a girl, with a portion of the meat to be distributed to the poor and needy.

Aqiqah Prices

  • Girl Aqiqah 1 Goat - Only £60
  • Boy Aqiqah 2 Goats - Only £120

Any requests for Aqiqah pack with us will ensure the following:

  • The sacrifice of one or two Aqiqah animals (depending on a boy or a girl)
  • We will carry out the Aqiqah in the Indian Sub-continent, prioritising the designated site of the Aqiqah in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan of extreme poverty to benefit those in most need including orphans and disabled.
  • The value equal to the weight in silver of your child's hair distributed to the needy as Sadaqah. (Aqiqah pack price include £10 is given in Sadaqah in market price of silver this easily covers the required value)
  • We will send you a report with similar photo upon completion of the Aqiqah.
  • An official Aqiqah certificate for your records.

Qurbani Donations

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Qurbani (Udhiyah) is the sacrifice of an animal performed during the days of Eid al-Adha, following the practice of Prophet Ibrahim (as). For only £50, Islamic Aid performs Qurbani on behalf our donors, in some of the poorest communities.

Qurbani (Udhiyah) is a practice commanded by Allah (swt)

So turn in prayer towards your Lord and sacrifice (animals). (108.2)

There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Eid al-Adha than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on the Day of judgment with its horns, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart. (Tirmizi, Ibne Majah)

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) was once asked by his Companions: (ra), O Rasoolullah!(saw) What is Qurbani? He replied, It is the sunnah of your father lbraheem (as). They asked again, What benefit do we get from it? He answered, reward for every hair (of the sacrificed animal).And (what reward is there for animals with) wool, 0 Rasoolullah (saw)? they asked. A reward, he said, for every fibre of the wool., (Ibne Majah)

When a person slaughters a Qurbani animal, he is forgiven at the fall of the first drop of blood, and verily, the animal shall be brought forward on the Day of Judgment with its blood, meat etc, and shall be increased in weight seventy times more than its own weight, and thereafter it will be placed on the scale of deeds. (Kanzul Ummal)

On whom Qurnami (Udhiyah) is Wajib?

Qurbani is wajib on every Muslim who is of sound mind, mature (who has reached the age of puberty), muqeem (i.e. he is not a Sharee traveler) and possesses the amount of fifty two and half totals of silver (612-36 grams) or wealth equivalent to that value which is in excess of one's aslee (basic) needs. It is not necessary that this amount be in one's possession for a complete lunar year. It's possession during the three days of Qurbani will make Qurbani obligatory. Qurbani is not incumbent on a child or an insane person whether they own wealth equivalent to the amount above or not, nor is it wajib upon their guardians to perform it on their behalf. Similarly, it is not wajib on a Sharee traveler.

NOTE: A Sharee traveler is he who goes on a journey with an intention of traveling forty eight miles. He will be treated as a traveler as soon as he goes out of his town.

It is highly virtuous for one on whom Qurbani is not wajib to offer sacrifice for the Pleasure of Allah. He will be eligible for all the reward mentioned in the Ahadeeth.

During the days of Qurbani, sadaqah and charity cannot compensate for Qurbani nor fulfil the wajib. Qurbani is a unique ibadah. Just as Zakah cannot compensate for Hajj, or Sawm (Fasting) cannot compensate for Salaat, similarly charity cannot compensate for Qurbani. However, if the days of Qurbani had passed, and the Qurbani was not offered due to not knowing, negligence or for some other valid reason, then it becomes wajib to give in sadaqah the price of Qurbani animal or the animal itself to the poor.

If a traveler returned home or a person acquired the required wealth on the 12th of Zul Hijjah before sunset, it will be wajib upon him to perform Qurbani.

A traveler who makes intention of staying at a certain place for fifteen days or more, no longer remains a traveler. He must offer Qurbani if he possesses the prescribed amount.

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