Zakat In Islam

Zakat In Islam



Zakat is one of the most important pillars of Islam. It is mandatory for every Muslim who is financially stable, to pay zakat to the poor and needy. Zakat is an act of worship that every Muslim should perform to help underprivileged Muslims. In the Quran, zakat is discussed a number of times. What Is The Meaning Of Zakat And What Is Zakat In Islam?

“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah” (Qur’an 2:110)

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Zakat cannot be given to anyone in need. There are eight kinds of people to whom zakat can be given as mentioned in the Quran:

“Indeed, [prescribed] charitable offerings are only [to be given] to the poor and the indigent, and to those who work on [administering] it, and to those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to [free] those in bondage, and to the debt-ridden, and for the cause of God, and to the wayfarer. [This is] an obligation from God. And God is all-knowing, all-wise.” – Al-Tawbah, 9:60

Al-Fuqara: They don’t have enough wealth to meet the basic necessities of life.

Al-Masakin: These people don’t have any type of income or possessions.

Zakat Collectors: The administrators or organizations that are authorized to receive zakat to distribute among the poor people.

Those who converted to Islam: People who newly converted to Islam and have no means to survive because of detachment from family.

Slaves and Captives: Those who are kept as slaves. Your zakat can help to free captives or slaves.

Debt-Ridden: Those who have no means to pay off their debts.

In the cause of Allah: Those who are fighting in the path of Allah are entitled to receive zakat.

The Wayfarer: A traveler who is left alone in another land and is in dire need of money to get back to his home.

Islam has guided us to make this world a better place by supporting those who are less privileged. Therefore, Islam puts great emphasis on charity and zakat. Muslims should do the calculation of their zakat carefully before giving any amount to poor people.

Some of the facts about Zakat are as follows:

  • It is an imposed specific amount of assets that are identified by Islamic laws as the assets that have the potential to grow
  • The imposed amount at the rate of 2.5% each year on the market value of the Zakat-able possessions
  • Zakat means a must to do the transfer of ownership of some of the wealth or property of the giver, according to the estimated rate of 2.5%, to the needy or poor Muslims in any part of the world
  • Zakat is a religious and spiritual act and is totally different than that of the tax. It is obligatory on every sane Muslim who has the ability and is liable to pay zakat.

Zakat is applicable to every Muslim who owns Nisab viz. 613.35 grams of silver, or 87.49 grams of gold or who owns one or more assets liable, equal in value to 613.35 grams of silver or 87.49 grams of gold.


Besides the fact that zakat is an obligatory act of worship in Islam and that Muslims get immense blessings by paying zakat, there are other reasons why zakat is an important factor of the Muslim community.

  • Helping the Community at Large

The most important benefit of zakat is that it helps to build society. If everyone keeps on saving money and spending on themselves, then the less privileged will always remain poor. Therefore, with the help of Zakat, people learn to support others in need. Zakat gives all Muslims an opportunity to create a huge impact in the lives of deserving people.

  • Money Circulation

With the help of Zakat, your money circulates in the whole economy. As Zakat is an obligatory act, Muslims who are financially stable, pay zakat to the needy. This way, money gets out of the ones who are wealthy enough and reaches those who are not much privileged.

  • Act of Sacrificing

In today’s world, wealth has become an important aspect of life that everyone loves to have. Therefore, when a person pays for his wealth in the form of zakat, it means he/she is sacrificing wealth in the path of Allah.


There is a misconception that you can only pay zakat in the month of Ramadan. This is not true. A Muslim can pay zakat any time of the year. However, it is suggested that if a person is paying zakat in the first month of the year, he/she should pay zakat at the same time next year i.e. after the year finishes. Therefore, you should not wait for Ramadan to pay your zakat. Once you become liable, you can pay your zakat as the year ends.


Yes, you can give zakat to your relatives if they are poor and needy. However, you cannot give zakat to your parents, children, spouse, siblings, and others with whom you have blood relations.


  1. Zaka ka basic concept ya hia kia k zakat kisi aik person ko di jay any one say m that k zakat aik poor person ko de jay likn bki jo bht s poor hoty h r un ka kia krain unahin phr nahi dain kia sirf aik ko dain plz repy

    1. Dear Sana,
      According to different scholars, there is no compulsion on number of people who can receive your zakat. You can either give your zakat to one needy person or you can divide up your zakat and give it to several people, as long as they fall under one of the eight categories mentioned in the blog. I hope your point is cleared.

  2. So many invented rules not from the Quran, which has and is badly destroying Islam.

    The 2.5 % is an invention to give the poor the minimum possible.

    Waiting a year to give zakat is another disgusting invention. Eg: from my Rs 10,000 of zakatable asset, which becomes Rs 250 ( 2.5 %) I can only give ONE poor Rs 250 in a year, and I ask myself what a poor will do with Rs 250 in a year, even if 100 person give Rs 250, which makes Rs 25,000 a year or Rs 2,000 a month.

    What a poor, often with children or old parents will do with Rs 2,000 a month ??????

    Is this what Allah’s way of helping the poor ?

    Do aaleems have no brains ?

    Zakat is an OBLIGATION to help the poor to get OUT OF DIFFICULTY. Either by giving the excess money that you will just keep lying in the drawer or in the bank or giving people jobs with reasonable salary, etc.

    Is Islam such that, one muslim neighbor is using a motorcycle for work and you are using a Mercedes car ?

    Mercedes car : Rs 14, 000 000 000 In Pakistan
    Motorcycle : Rs 100,000 in Pakistan which is 140 000 times less than the car. Why not sell the Mercedes and buy a Toyota and give the poor a Suzuki ? For Allah’s sake !

    Same goes for those without proper food, clothing and shelter.

    How many spend millions for Umrah, but ignore the poor nearby, Is this Islam ?
    This is why most muslim countries are have BIG difference gap in living.
    So many have rejected and ignored the ayats of the Quran and follow man made books, enriching the rich and neglecting the poor.
    Are muslims really muslims ?

    STOP following people and fake books, follow the Quran of Allah, by which everyone will be judged.

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