Zakat: A Revolutionary Concept
A fundamental pillar of Islam that has been practiced for centuries by Muslims, zakat’s crucial role in keeping Muslim societies connected and integrated cannot be denied. Zakat has served as a support system for those Muslims who are not as blessed as their fellow Muslims. Zakat helps significantly in establishing a fine financial equilibrium in society. However, paying zakat is quite a challenge in countries where Islam is not the official or most dominant religion. One such country is Japan. The objectives of this discussion are two-fold. One, we are going to recall zakat’s role in an Islamic society briefly. Second, we are going to talk about how and where Japanese Muslims can pay their zakat.
Every Penny of Your Zakat Matters!
Among the many important lessons that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us, one crucial lesson was about the importance of combined effort in charity work. Many learned this lesson during pandemics only, but Muslims have known this fact for centuries. Millions of Muslims pay zakat every year, some portion of their wealth is reserved for their underprivileged fellow Muslims. This charity amount helps these Muslims have a second go at life, something that might not have been possible if it was not for the concept of zakat. Remember, every penny that you pay in zakat provides the recipient with a chance to excel in life. So yes, your zakat does matter!
Japan, Muslims & Zakat
According to a careful estimate, in 2019, the number of Muslims in Japan was around 230,000. This number is continuously on the rise, which means that Islam is one of the growing religions in Japan. And of course, like all of the Muslims in different countries of the world, Japanese Muslims also pay zakat. The real question that needs to be answered in this discussion is: how do the Japanese Muslims pay zakat? Online zakat is an important concept in this regard, which we will talk about further in the upcoming sections of this discussion. But before we talk about where can the Japanese Muslims pay zakat, it is important to recall the steps that need to be taken to pay zakat.
How Can One Pay Zakat in Japan?
The first step in this quest is the accurate calculation of zakat. There are two ways in which you calculate the zakat. You can either do the math on a piece of paper or end up mentally exhausted. Or, you can use a Zakat calculator to calculate the amount to extreme precision. All that you have to do is enter your assets correctly in such a calculator, and then click calculate. One zakat calculator tool that you can use is the Transparent Hands zakat calculator tool. Once you have calculated the zakat accurately, the next step is that of deciding the payment manner. Most Muslims like to pay zakat in the holy month of Ramadan to double the rewards. Others like to pay it in episodes during the different months of the Islamic calendar. You can opt for whichever manner suits you the best.
Where to Pay Zakat in Japan?
We now switch our focus towards the point around which this whole discussion has been orchestrated. Where are you going to pay your zakat as a Japanese Muslim? Well, you are not going to believe it, but even as a resident of a country where there aren’t enough deserving candidates, you have plenty of options to pay your zakat. Of course, the primary option for any Muslim is to search for a deserving candidate in their vicinity. But if that doesn’t work out for you, you can always opt for a local/global charity organization that accepts zakat donations and uses them for the welfare of underprivileged Muslims all around the world. You can search for such an organization in your vicinity, or you can turn to the internet for help. There are many Islamic relief & trust organizations working around the clock, around the globe. One such trust organization that you can consider is Transparent Hand, an organization that is striving hard to provide basic healthcare facilities to Pakistani citizens.
If a busy lifestyle doesn’t allow you to search for eligible zakat candidates, you can donate your zakat to a trust organization that you can trust. If you are interested in funding someone’s healthcare expenses, one organization that you might like to know more about is Transparent Hands, Pakistan’s biggest crowdfunding platform. 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 manage 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. 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 donations to help these distressed souls!
That would be all from this discussion. Zakat is one of the toughest topics to understand fully, with many subtopics underlying. One small discussion like this is never going to be enough to cover this topic completely. One drop from an ocean is what this discussion is! Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you learned something if not everything from this discussion about the importance of zakat, and how Japanese Muslims can pay their zakat. On that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this space!