Zakat is one of the key elements of the Islamic model of wealth. Islam believes and preaches that those members of the Islamic community who cannot generate wealth regularly must be taken care of by the well-off sections of the community. Zakat is one of the most efficient ways in which we can help underprivileged Muslims. With times changing rapidly, the manners in which zakat can be distributed have evolved as well. In today’s discussion, we talk about how Muslims can give zakat in 2023. Discussing this has become even more so important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Role of Zakat in Islamic Society
Zakat is instrumental in keeping the hopes of the underprivileged section of the community alive, even during the toughest times, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who have lost all hope in the world, zakat gives them hope from nowhere. Some of you might be thinking, it is only 2.5%, right? Well, it is important to remember that we are talking about little changes that can help deserving candidates have a second go at life. Zakat allows that second chance. Therefore, the importance of zakat cannot be denied in an Islamic society.
Can Zakat Be Paid in Ramadan Only?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions about the concept of zakat. And the answer is very simple. There is no restriction on paying zakat. A Muslim can donate zakat at any point during the Islamic lunar year. However, two conditions must be met in this regard.
One, a year passed have passed on the wealth that is considered for zakat calculation. Second, the Nisab criterion must be met. If these conditions are met, then zakat can be paid at any point during an Islamic year. Come to think of it, it might be a good idea to pay your zakat a little earlier this year, given the tough circumstances we are currently living in. The two most important questions that need to be answered in this debate are how to give zakat in 2022 and where to give zakat in 2022. We answer these questions in the upcoming lines of this discussion.
How to Give Zakat in 2023?
To give zakat, you first need to know the zakat rules and then calculate all of your resources. Then, you need to identify the zakat-able assets. Once you have done that, you will need to calculate the 2.5% on your assets. This can take some time! On the other hand, you can be smart and calculate zakat online.
Where to Give Zakat in 2023?
There are multiple options that you can consider when it comes to paying zakat. You can either pay it online or offline. We will talk more about online donations a bit later, for now, let us focus on offline donations. Well, you can search in your relatives, look in your neighborhood, as well as check with the students learning Islamic teachings at your local mosque. You will surely find plenty of candidates worth your zakat money. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked an unprecedented level of havoc, millions are in search of help. All that you have to do is search properly!
The Concept of Online Zakat
Thanks to the internet, the concept of online zakat has become quite popular in recent times. If you are someone with a busy schedule, you can search for zakat-eligible candidates and campaigns online. These days, there are plenty of trustworthy online donation platforms that take care of many deserving Muslims. All that you have to do is choose a platform that you trust enough, one that allows you to monitor the progress of your donation as well. One important point to keep in mind in this regard is that the campaign and the candidate you select must be zakat eligible.
A credible zakat-accepting platform that you can read more about in the upcoming section is Transparent Hands. The platform has been making great use of zakat donations for several years now, read on to learn how it has been achieving this objective consistently.
Transparent Hands is Pakistan’s biggest crowdfunding platform. The trust organization 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 donation to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Transparent Hands manages your zakat to help these distressed souls. So, if you have not been able to find a deserving candidate for your zakat so far, donating to Transparent Hands is one option that you can consider.
That would be all from this discussion. We wish we could have gone on a bit more, but the limitations of time and space force us to wrap up this discussion here. There is always something more to learn when it comes to the subject of zakat, and this small brief certainly doesn’t encapsulate all of the important matters annexed with the subject matter of zakat. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you must have learned something if not everything new from this discussion about zakat. It is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this space!