Islam is a complete code of life. A statement that you might have come across in a paper or a book already, but one that we don’t often appreciate enough. There is something so beautiful about the emphasis on empathy that we observe in Islamic teachings. Take the example of zakat, one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam, and a revolutionary micro financial system. The charity money donated in form of zakat is a ray of hope for millions of Muslims all around the world, an opportunity that provides them with another chance at life. In today’s discussion, we review the glorious tradition that zakat is. Not only that, but we also discuss a few options that you can opt for to pay zakat in 2021. Lots to learn, we promise!
Zakat: an overview
Let us go over the concept of zakat before we jump into other nitty-gritties. Yes, we know that almost all of you are well familiar with the textbook definition of zakat i.e. 2.5% of annual savings. But it is not the percentage that matters here the most. Rather, it is how it benefits everyone that needs to be talked about more. Everyone is a winner, but how? Recipients of zakat, understandably, benefit since they are getting the financial support that can help them through a financial crisis. But what is there for the donors? The spiritual rewards are a matter between the donor and the Almighty, so we will not delve into their details here. But the concept of wealth cleansing that is associated with zakat should be enough motivation for any Muslim to pay zakat regularly. And lastly, since zakat circulates the wealth in society, the gap between the poor and the rich is also abridged nicely courtesy of this revolutionary financial obligation.
Paying zakat early this year makes sense!
There are so many lessons that humanity has learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, but one of the most important ones has to be together we survive. No disrespect to the administrative efforts put in by governments all over the world, but if it weren’t for humans coming together to save each other, the situation could have been a lot worse than it is now. And the role of charity and donation in the help that reached most who needed it is a pivotal one. But as we all know, the fight is far from over. This is an ongoing pandemic that can take a while to calm down. So, if a family’s future can be saved with your zakat money, don’t wait till Ramadan! Pay your zakat now, when it matters the most.
Zakat calculators make life easy!
For those who have already planned on paying zakat early in 2021, a zakat calculator can make things ridiculously easy. Calculating zakat can be a challenging equation to solve, one has to be mindful of all the values and numbers. Instead of doing math on a piece of paper, you can rely on an online zakat calculator to compute zakat 2021. One such zakat calculator that you can use is the Transparent Hands, zakat calculator. We will talk more about this a bit later in the discussion, but first, a bit about Transparent Hands!
Donate zakat 2021 to Transparent Hands!
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients.
How Transparent Hands manages your zakat?
Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely. So, if you donate your zakat to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Think about it, so many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic can’t afford their health expenses right now. Transparent Hands manages your zakat to help these distressed souls! Sounds like an ideal place to donate your zakat in 2021!
Calculate zakat using Transparent Hands calculator
We mentioned the Transparent Hands zakat calculator earlier, and in this section, we are going to discuss how it can make any zakat payer’s life easy. Well, as we mentioned before, all that you have to do while using an online zakat calculator is enter data. The same goes for the Transparent Hands zakat calculator. Enter your cash amount, your bank amount, deposits, loans given (if applicable), business investments, and other relevant information in the appropriate columns. The number that pops up in the bar below all columns is the amount you will have to pay in zakat. On the other hand, if a zero shows up in the aforementioned bar, then it means that one is not eligible for zakat.
What is new in the Transparent Hands calculator?
The tool that we just talked about has been updated, a couple of really cool features that deserve a mention for sure. For one, the detailed nature of the tool makes it a far better choice than some of the other error-prone online zakat calculators. For another, the user interface has been made more user friendly, hence calculating zakat has become a lot easier thanks to this fascinating facility offered by Transparent Hands.
Conclusion – Zakat in 2021
There are a couple of things that one must keep in mind when donating zakat to an online platform. One, donate only to zakat eligible campaigns, for which you will need to put in a bit of research! Second, go for platforms that allow you to track and monitor the status of your donation. With these words of advice, we bid you farewell from this discussion.