Zakat is the concept of obligatory charity in Islam. It is how we give back, out of our own wealth, to those less fortunate after what has been spent on basic necessities, family expenses, due credits etc. In a world of gross social and economic inequality, it is vital for Muslims to uphold the obligation of Zakat. Your Zakat last year enabled us to change and save many lives in East Africa, West Africa, Pakistan, Kashmir, Syria and Palestine.
Take from their wealth so that you might purify and sanctify them.
(Surah At-Tawbah 9:103)
Many people in countries such as Pakistan, Kashmir, Africa (to name a few), do not have access to government funds, decent education or even clean water for that matter. Therefore the vulnerable people (single mothers, widows, the disabled, the elderly etc.) in those communities are left completely to their own devices. Save the Mothers Trust utilises your zakat to help those vulnerable people get access to good healthcare, food, education and other basic necessities.
Who needs to pay Zakat?
Zakat is obligatory on all Muslims who are adult and of sane mind. Such a person is required to pay zakat if he/she owns the complete minimum amount (nisab) and has been in possession of the nisab for a lunar year.
What is Nisab?
This is the set minimum amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable on all zakatable assets.
The monetary equivalent of nisab using silver is £263.90. (Based on 11.6g being valued at £5)
What are Zakatable Assets?
- Savings deposits
- Stock for Trade
What is a Non-Zakatable Asset?
- Items of personal use
- Residential home
- Personal car/s
How much zakat needs to be paid?
Zakat is paid at the rate of 2.5%.
When should Zakat be paid?
Zakat is due and must be paid exactly one lunar year from when the person met all of the qualifying criteria to pay zakat. Naturally, this date will be different for every individual.
Who can Zakat be given to?
Allah Almighty said:
Zakat is for: the poor, the destitute, those who collect it, reconciling people’s hearts, freeing slaves, those in debt, spending in the way of Allah, and travelers. It is a legal obligation from Allah, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
[Surah At-Tawbah 9:60]
Zakat cannot be used to build mosques, to bury the deceased, or be given to a wealthy person.
How can I get my zakat to those in need?
Many of us living in the west may not know of anyone in poverty, or who to pay our Zakat to, therefore the Zakat Project provides an easy, reliable and secure way of doing so. Save the Mothers Trust will ensure your Zakat will be spent on those that need it the most.
What Save the Mothers Trust did with your Zakat Last Year:
- We provided food to over 50,000 people in Pakistan, Africa, Syria and Palestine.
- We provided quality education to more than 7000 poor children in Pakistan and Africa.
- We provided a skill for life to over 200 widows in Pakistan and Africa by setting up Sewing Machine Centers.
- We provided the basic needs of food, clothing and education to over 500 Orphans.
- We sponsored marriages of over 50 poor girls on Pakistan.
- We supported more than 500 elderly with the basic needs of food, clothing and medical.
- We supported more than 100 widows with the basic every day needs for the whole year.
Please Donate your Zakat to Save the Mothers Trust and Save Lives.Zakat Projects:
- Food Aid
- Orphan Appeal
- Widow Sponsor
- Rohingya Refugees
- Syria Refugees
- Thalassemia Project
- SMT Welfare Hospital
- Yemen Appeal