How Zakat Changes Fates?
How many people in this dazzling world of ours lose all hope, just because they never had a second opportunity in life? People who are struggling financially have very little help on offer in this fast-paced modern-day life. But there is one gate of hope that will never close for such people. And that gate of hope is zakat! At first, zakat seems like just another Islamic ritual, one of the five fundamental pillars of Islam. But a closer look tells us that zakat is more than just an obligatory religious ritual. It is a revolutionary Islamic concept that can change fates if implemented properly.
In this particular discussion, not only do we highlight the impact of zakat, but we also share some of how Muslims can pay zakat from African countries like South Africa. Bonus if you are a South African Muslim who happened to land on this page, right?
Why Every Penny Paid in Zakat Matters?
Let us answer this with the help of an example. The COVID-19 pandemic that started in 2019 is still wreaking havoc in the last quarter of 2021. Humanity has not suffered from a loss of this magnitude in the recent few years. Millions of lives lost, billions of dollars lost in businesses, it has been a nightmarish situation alright!
Of course, this means that with economies collapsing worldwide, people have had a tough time managing things, finance-wise. In troubled times like these, charities and donations given in the name of zakat played a significant role in stabilizing things back to normal. Zakat has given hope to millions who thought all hope was lost. This second go at life has helped people diffuse back into the spectrum of life, something that certainly would not have been possible without the revolutionary concept of zakat. Generosity has seen a spike that was badly needed in these desperate times, that is for sure!
How to Calculate Zakat?
We now turn our focus towards the second part of this discussion i.e. how to pay zakat from South Africa? The first item on the agenda is recalling the Nisab threshold. It is 87.48 grams of gold and 612.36 grams of silver, to be precise. If one has wealth amounting to these figures, then one must pay zakat. However, calculating zakat is not as easy as it seems. You will have to factor in all of your zakat-able assets, identify the non-zakatable asset, and then calculate the 2.5% that you have to pay in the name of zakat. Allow us to make your lives easier by suggesting an online zakat calculator like the Transparent Hands zakat calculator. More about this amazing trust organization in the upcoming lines!
How to Pay Zakat from South Africa?
Let us jump straight to the point. You can try finding a deserving candidate across the country on your own. You can search for the local organizations that are working for the welfare of the Muslim community in the country and donate your zakat money to them. You can also search for a global organization that is operating across several countries, and which strives for Muslim welfare. Life has become a lot easier since these organizations have started accepting zakat online. The concept of online zakat donations is certainly a revolutionary one, we talk more about this briefly in the next section of this discussion.
The Concept of Online Zakat
Our world has become a digital world. There is almost nothing that cannot be done via a laptop or smartphone. Among the many other tasks in life that have been made easy by the internet, zakat donations are one of them. Charities and relief organizations that are working for the welfare of Muslims all around the globe have set up their online zakat calculation portals as well. Among many such charities, foundations, INGOs and NGOs, one such NGO is Transparent Hands. We talk more about this NGO in the next section.
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. We wish we could have gone on a bit more, and discussed the nitty-gritties of paying zakat. There are a few questions that always confuse a novice, hence one must read as much as he or she can before paying zakat so that the obligation can be performed in its true spirit. Unfortunately, we have run out of the time and space we had for this discussion. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you must have learned something if not everything new from this discussion about zakat payment. It is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this space!