Zakat: A Glorious Islamic Tradition
The relief that one feels when there is a support system at work for you cannot be described in words. Whether it is at the individual level, family level, or societal level, it feels great to have that invisible helping hand, there for you all the time. For Muslims, zakat is that invisible helping support system. Our world works in such a manner that some have more than others. But that doesn’t liberate the wealthier folks from the responsibility of taking care of the underprivileged Muslims. Islam has introduced the concept of zakat for this specific purpose so that financial stagnancy doesn’t engulf a Muslim society, an important concept in this context. Briefly speaking, it refers to a situation when all the wealth is locked up in the vaults of well-off individuals in a society.
Benefits of giving zakat
The benefits of zakat are numerous. However, we will be concerning ourselves with the financial benefits of zakat only in this discussion. Well, the underprivileged section of society deserves all the support they can get from us because they are our brothers and sisters. Folks, when it is said Islam is a complete code of life, this is what that statement means. All Muslims are a family bound by religion. And if some members of the society are not well off financially, the zakat system is here to help them. It ensures that help reaches those who need it, without hurting the self-esteem and the pride of the needy ones. The system honours the pride of the poor and ensures that they are helped in a commendable manner. It provides the recipients of zakat with another chance at life and helps them afford basic amenities and facilities of life. One cannot imagine that happening in the absence of a support system like zakat!
Muslims in Kazakhstan
Because Islam is the biggest religion in the country, Muslims constitute the biggest percentage portion of the total population. A careful estimate suggests that 72% of Kazakhstan’s population is Muslim. This means that the residents of this country have very difficulty in finding deserving candidates. In the following lines of this discussion, we are going to discuss how Muslims in Kazakhstan pay their zakat.
How to Pay Zakat from Kazakhstan?
But before we jump into those details, let us recall the essential steps that every Muslim has to take to pay his or her zakat. The first step in this process is the calculation of zakat. It is important to identify the zakat-able properties, and include them in your calculations. You can either try calculating the 2.5% that you have to pay on a piece of paper, or you can use an online zakat calculator. One such tool that is highly recommended because of its accuracy and ease of use is the Transparent Hands, zakat calculator. Once you have calculated the zakat, the next step is scheduling. How are you going to pay zakat? Do you want to pay all of it at once, or do you want to do it in instalments spanned over the length of the Islamic year? Make sure that you have marked down the dates if it is the later manner that you are opting for.
Where to Pay Zakat in Kazakhstan?
We now switch our focus towards the point around which this whole discussion has been orchestrated. Where do Muslims pay zakat in Kazakhstan? Seeing as the country’s biggest religion is Islam, Muslims in Kazakhstan don’t have a lot of trouble finding deserving candidates for their zakat. They can either search for them in their local neighbourhood, towns, or districts or rely on the local charities that are working tirelessly for the welfare of underprivileged Muslims in Kazakhstan. Some Muslims like to donate trust organizations that are working for the welfare of Muslims all around the world, around the clock. One such organization that is doing stellar work in Pakistan’s healthcare sector is Transparent Hands.
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. The crucial rebuilding role that zakat has played post-COVID-19 pandemic is something that we wish we could have talked about in detail in this discussion. It is for sure, one of the most heart-warming events of the pandemic. How millions of Muslims joined hands to support and save their fellow Muslims is a reaffirmation of the fact that zakat is a revolutionary financial concept. Unfortunately, we have run out of the space and time we had for this discussion. Nevertheless, we are quite sure that our readers are reminded of zakat’s impact on Muslim society. It is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this space!