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Calculating your Zakat

Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah, and Allah is Knowing and Wise” {Quran 9:60}

ZAKATUL MAL

Referred to simply as Zakat is the alms-giving ordained in the Quran upon all mature individuals. Zakat money must be used to directly assist those in need; a few examples are feeding them, clothing them, sheltering them or education them.

Zakatul Mal due for an individual is calculated by taking 2.5% of his/her total wealth.

ZAKATUL FITR

Referred to simply as Fitrana is charity given to the poor towards the end of the month of Ramadan, serving two purposes:

  1. To complete and purify one’s fasts. The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “The fasting of the month of fasting will hanging between Earth and Heavens and it will not be raised up to the Divine Presence without paying the Zakat al-Fitr”.
  2. To spread joy of Eid ul Fitr by fulfilling the needs of the poor and needy.

Zakatul Fitr is a duty which is required on all Muslims young, old, male and female. It must be paid before Eid. The head of the a family may pay Zakatul Fitr on behalf of his/her family.

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