Help Us Change Muslim Lives – Donate Your Zakat

Zakat is an act of worship we perform for the sake of Allah. Zakat is an obligation upon any Muslim who has reached puberty, is sane, and has above the minimum required amount of wealth (Nisab).

It requires giving a calculated amount (usually 2.5%) to the poor and needy.

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What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Humanity Care Relief receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

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Where does your Zakat go & Zakat Categories?

The poor (al-fuqarâ’)

Any Muslim who is going through the difficult times in his/her life. With the help of Allah, every year we distribute thousands of pounds of Zakat amongst Muslims across the world who do not have the blessing of wealth. This includes orphans, widows, people with terminal illnesses who cannot afford to financially support their family.

The needy (al-masâkîn)

We come across many Muslim brothers and sisters who are facing hardship in their lives. With the Zakat money, we help them ease off their hardship for the time being. e.g. in a recent case, we helped a sister pay her three months rent arrears to save her and her children from becoming homeless in the UK.

Zakat administrators

Alhamdulillah, all our trustees and volunteers are blessed with jobs and business. They all personally contribute to this fund with their own Zakat.

Those whose hearts are to be reconciled

Many revert Muslims in the UK face hardship after accepting Islam. Alhamdulillah, we’re here for them. Whilst we might not be able to continue to help them due to the restriction of funds but we always contribute towards easing off their financial burden especially if they are leaving their family and moving somewhere else to protect and practise their deen.

Those in bondage

In this day and age, this category doesn’t apply. However, we have come across cases in Pakistan where business owners don’t let their workers move jobs because the worker owes the business owner money he borrowed. We are monitoring a few cases closely but don’t know at this stage what is the best way to deal with these type of situations.

The debt-ridden

Alhamdulillah, we have helped many brothers and sisters in the UK, Pakistan and Kashmir clear their debts from Zakat funds. In one case we helped a brother in Pakistan to get rid of interest-based loan he was tied into, saving him from a major sin and gaining huge rewards for our donors from Allah the Almighty.

In the cause of Allah

You can donate your zakat to fund the building of charitable schools, hospitals and other institutions which are going to help the poor and needy in the area. Humanity Care Relief has played a vital role in the building of Islamic School in Lancashire, UK and some of the money spent on the project was from money donated for Zakat. As well as this we have also helped many non-profit schools and hospitals in Pakistan and Kashmir from our Zakat fund.

The Wayfarer

We work very closely with Syrian refugee families in the UK. From time to time we help some of these families from our Zakat fund.

Zakat FAQ

Zakat is a compulsory act of worship that requires a Muslim who owns wealth equal to or above the Nisab (pre-defined threshold) to donate 2.5% of their wealth to eligible recipients.

Once a person reaches the nisab and a lunar year (hawl) has passed by, then zakat is due immediately.

The nisab threshold, which obligates the payment of zakat, will be based on the current price of 612 grams of silver. This can be calculated by visiting silverprice.org and taking the most up to date valuation. As of 17 May 2016, this amount equates to approx. £235.00. Therefore if your Zakatable assets exceed this amount you are eligible to pay Zakat if the amount stays above this by the end of one lunar year.

In some cases one’s zakatable wealth may dip below the nisab throughout the year. In such cases of uncertainty, it is preferable for one to take the value of one’s zakatable assets at the beginning and end of the lunar year. If both values were above the nisab then zakat would be due.

Many scholars prefer that one should pay zakat based on silver (the lower value). This is due to a greater number of people fulfilling Zakat and hence being more beneficial to the poor and needy. However, if your only asset is gold, then the gold Nisab figure has to be used.

The preferable option is to distribute zakat locally. Alternatively, one may give zakat to one of the eight categories defined in the Qur’an anywhere in the world. Where they feel there is a particular benefit (maslahah) and their contribution would be more beneficial (e.g. recipients in extreme poverty, insufficient local donations, increased demand due to natural disasters, war etc.). One can also apportion their zakat to give some locally and some abroad.

If one has missed zakat payments over the years, then one must make a calculated estimate of the zakat missed for each year and discharge it accordingly. These payments are still binding on him even if many years have passed by and he did not know they were obligatory.

There is a difference of opinion on whether Zakat is due on gold/silver, which is for personal use. Many scholars and some female companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) including ‘A’isha hold that zakat is not due on these items on the premise that is a personal item and hence would fall under items that are not zakatable.

It is advised that you visit a local jeweller and ask them to value your jewellery for you.

The scholars differentiate between a debt in which one is confident of repayment and one, which is not. If the creditor is confident the debtor will pay when he is asked due to having the financial ability, then the creditor must include this in zakat payment. If however, the debtor is struggling and one is not confident he can pay when requested to, then this amount does not have to be calculated as part of zakat.

Below is a list of assets which one does not have to pay Zakat for:

  • The property one is residing in e.g. personal home
  • Car owned for personal use
  • The debts one is owed (where not confident of payment)
  • Jewellery not containing gold or silver (e.g. diamonds, precious stones etc.)
  • Jewellery for personal use
  • Furniture and household goods for use (not for trade)

Reminder – Before You Make a Donation

Ensure your intention is to donate sincerely for the sake of Allah alone. Thereafter don’t forget to make Dua for your donation to be accepted by Allah. Finally, remember this Naseeha from al-Quran.

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O you who believe! Do not nullify your charitable deeds (Sadaqah) with reminders and hurtful words. (al-Baqarah – 264)

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