I don’t know much about Zakaah. Please help!


Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 05 June 2017| 10 Ramadaan 1438

Zakah is a form of alms-giving treated in Islam as a religious obligation or tax, which, in ranking, is next after prayer salaah in importance.

As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakaah is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. It is not a charitable contribution, and is considered to be a tax, or obligatory alms. Zakáh is payable and calculated at a fixed rate of one fortieth or 2.5 % on the possession of wealth in the form of gold, silver, merchandise and cash by a person who possesses the Nisáb (the minimum amount of wealth which makes one liable to pay Zakáh). Household effects such as furniture, crockery, personal clothing etc. are generally exempted from the application of Zakaah.

The funds collected through Zakaah are meant to be used specifically for the betterment of people in poverty and uplift their lives. That’s where SANZAF proves very instrumental. SANZAF is a faith-based, socio-welfare and educational organisation that strives to facilitate the empowerment of needy families through the efficient collection and effective distribution of Zakáh and other Sadaqát in a proactive and cost effective way through projects – with dignity, sincerity and a shared responsibility. All in the service of the community and for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).

If you are having problems calculating how much zakaah you should pay, Or maybe you need to ask a question, then visit www.sanzaf.org.za for a direct link to SANZAF’s online zakaah question and answer platform.

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