Zakāt (Arabic: زكاة‎ [zæˈkæː], "that which purifies" or "alms"), is the giving of a fixed portion of one's wealth to charity, generally to the poor and needy. It is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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Can a normal person collect & distribute zakat

A normal person or an organisation not any Muslim leader or Imam, can he collect from the rich & distribute zakat to the poor who are eligible for zakat?
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Is it mandatory for students to give Zakat?

Zakat is an obligation for all Muslims who are able to afford it and fulfill some prerequisites. Are students supposed to provide Zakat in case that the student earns by working? Be it full-time or ...
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Do I still have to pay Zakat, even with a large house loan?

I have a house loan which is bigger than my annual salary, and I also have some personal debts. I don't have any gold or silver, and the only source of income is my monthly salary. I am saving some ...
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Would the Zakat be applicable to both the husband and wife's gold?

A house wife owns some gold on which Zakat is not applicable (less than the requirement e.g 22 kt 50 gm) and his husband also owns 24 kt of 50 gm gold. Would we have to add both the husband and ...
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Is Zakah applicable on dues to a seller

Salam - u -alaikum Is zakah applicable on money that I owe to a seller. I have purchased a house and paid about 70% to the seller, the balance is due at the time of registration which can be any day. ...
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How is income taken into account in Zakat calculations

Lets say I have £4000.00 in my savings account as at 01/04/2014. I save £1000 every month after that (may, june etc) and add to the £4000. The saving sum at 01/05/2014 is now: £15000.00. If I ...
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Zakah on plots of land with the intention to resell in the future

As-salamu alaykum, Do you need to pay zakah every year on a plot of land if the intention at the time of purchase was to resell, maybe 10 or more years, in the future ? On askimam.org they say that ...
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Must zakat be paid on the exact date as last year?

Assume I paid my zakat on the 1st of ramadan. Assuming I'm wealthy enough to pay zakat next year. Does this mean I have to pay my zakat again exactly on the first of ramadan next year? What happens ...
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Can Sadaqah & Lillah count towards missed Zakah payments?

As-salamu alaykum, It turns out that I have been incorrectly calculating my zakah for the last few years and I have paid less than I should have. However during those years I did also pay lillah and ...
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Zakat on same wealth for every year

Assalam Alaikum, This is my first time here and I've tried looking around for this topic but was unable to get results on google with reliable source hence I thought of asking it here. Now I do know ...
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Income tax and zakat

AOA, https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=723352294375391 Per above video (In Urdu by Javed Ahmad Ghamidi), if our zakat to pay is 3000 and we have paid 2500 in income taxes, then we should only pay ...
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In states that have welfare funded through taxation is Zakat still obligatory?

Zakat, as I understand it is for funding charity to the poor in the Ummah. If one however lives in a state which has welfare funded through taxation, and one is a tax-payer, is it still neccessary to ...
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What are the benefits of giving Zakat?

I agree with everything that came from Islam and I submit myself to the will of the Almighty. And I don't criticize the pillar of Zakat at all. A non-muslim person told me that giving Zakat has no ...
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Where does 2.5% Zakat come from?

I was hoping that this information is in the Quran but I could not find it. Apparently the Quran only says, Pray Salat and give Zakat. Where does this value come from? Are there any variation in it ...
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Confusion about the understanding of Ayah about Zakah/Sadaqa

When Quran mentions eight group that sadaqa must be paid and its obligatory upon believers. Then why the muslim scholars insist it's a non obligatory deed. إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ ...
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How much and to whom I should give I Zakah ?

I would like to know how much amount of zakath should be given and to whom it can be given. I am an employee at a company and my salar is always at the end of the month. Can I give goods as zakah ...
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Zakat on State Pension Account value

Before I get my monthly wages, I am taxed. Some of this tax money goes towards my state pension account. So I am assuming the government has an account where they know how much of my tax money has ...
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Penalty for refusal to pay Zakat

What are the penalties on a person who refuses to pay the Zakat? Punishment of hell for this sin aside, what are the physical penalties on the person? Only credible answers from Quran, Hadith and ...
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What should someone do if he/she didn't pay zakat over 2 or 3 years?

What if someone didn't pay zakat for 2 years. Should he/she consider paying for the 2 years. What are the rules/punishment that he/she will receive from Allah. What does Quran say about those persons? ...
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When should muslims give Zakat on money?

Updated: When should muslims give Zakat? Is it between a period or can everyone choose when to give? Zakat is one of the pillars of Islam. I don't mean any other charity or even Udhia.
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Are you allowed to give zakat to your parents or wife?

Is it halal or haram to give zakat to your parents (mom and dad) or wife?
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Do children below the age of puberty have to pay zakat?

If you give money away, I think that means you don't have to pay zakat on that money, and it becomes the responsibility of the person receiving the money to pay zakat. Is that correct? For example, ...
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Zakat on annual savings

I started paying zakat last year, 2012. In it I paid $2,500 zakat on a $10,000 saving. This year, 2013, my savings have increased to $12,000. Should I now pay zakat on $12,000 or only the net ...
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Did the prophet (PBUH) pay Zakat, if yes in what form?

We were told that the prophet peace be upon him lived an extremely humble and poor life. He hardly have food at home for the next day. This is what we were told. Now that I have researched, I find ...
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zakat payment if lives in a rented house

Asaimalikum.i am having gold and cash equal to nisab e zakat but do not have a house and live in a rented house nor do i have enough money to purchase a house .is zakat wajib on me ?
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I received $4000 dollars, which exceeds nisab, but spent it on food and circumcision before one year of getting, it, do I have to pay zakat?

I work at Starbucks and I give all interest immediately to charity. I regularly take money out for food and the last bit of money I had, I used to get circumcised. I spent all the money before one ...
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Difference between “fakeer” and “maskeen”

What is the difference between "fakeer" (فقير) and "maskeen" (مسكين)? Are they different levels of poor, or do they refer to the same thing? Also what conditions must apply to be considered for each ...
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Zakat on Bills money?

I understand what you're supposed to pay zakat on accumulated money, but if you have an account setup for your monthly bills and you only keep your bills money in their, are you supposed to pay zakat ...
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Zakat on Gold - 22k or 24k

How exactly do you work out how much zakat you have to give on the gold you own? I understand that you work out the nisab value, and if you have more gold than that, you give 2.5% of the value of the ...
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Shia view on zakaat

Is the Shia version of zakaat different from the sunni version? AFAIK, the sunni version of the zakaat is based on accumulated wealth every year. And apparently the Shia version of zakaat is based ...
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Do I have to pay zakat on the balance of my point card?

I have a loyalty card at the local grocery store. Fairly typical, really, one of those "for every dollar you spend, you get X points added to your card" that most if not all grocery stores (at least ...
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Is it obligatory to Pay Previous Zakaat after clearing off Debts

I would like to know if the below information is true or not. I have heard this from one of my friend and she claims that she has got this info from reliable sources like Peace TV, well known and ...
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Can zikat money (notes) be exchanged with other notes?

I was asked to donate for a madrasa. I wanted to donate 200 Rs., so I gave a 1000 Rs. note and asked for change. I was told, however, that though he had 800 Rs., he couldn't give ...
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Ismaili Equivalent of Zakah

In Sunni Islam, there's a concept of zakah -- 2.5% (1/40) of your savings saved for a year need to be given to the poor in eight groups, which are outlined in ayah az-zakah (The Ayah of Zakah). This ...
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Who is responsible for Zakat on wife jewelry when both spouses are working?

Both husband and wife work, and the wife owns jewellery. Does the responsibility to pay Zakat fall on the husband (who is earning) or should the wife pay for her own Zakat?
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How do I consider debt when I calculate Zakat?

I have read this question but it did not help me. I have two bank accounts. One for savings (wherein I periodically pay off any interest incurred), and another for my current money. I have an ...
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Do I need to pay the Zakat if I am accumulating money for a needy purpose?

Say, for example, that I desperately need to build a house and to do this I am accumulating money. Say after 1 year I have accumulated 10K dollars but that still wont solve my purpose and the expense ...
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Are those falsely on benefit considered 'beggers'?

Quoting from another question Islam mandates zakaat to help poor. Zakaat eliminates beggary to an extent but what about habitual beggars who can otherwise earn a living? How should the lazy and ...
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How to calculate zakat while in debt

I recently bought a house and got Shariah loan (Mortgage). The only difference is that in the Shariah loan they don't use the word "interest". They say I am paying them "rent" at a fixed percentage ...
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Claiming zakat (charity) in tax return

Sometimes we get a receipt for whatever donation we do. It can be reimbursed when filing our tax returns. If I give zakat and get a receipt and claim it in the tax return, is it OK to do so? Also can ...
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Can descendants of the prophet (syed) receive zakah?

Rasulullah said: Narrated Abu Huraira: Al-Hasan bin `Ali took a date from the dates given in charity and put it in his mouth. The Prophet said, "Expel it from your mouth. Don't you know that ...
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Is giving zakat to a family member allowed?

Can someone give a part of his zakat to a family member (not a parent) say an uncle for example specialy if he is in need ?
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Is it allowed to give Zakat without telling recipient?

Is it important to tell the recipient of Zakat that this is Zakat money? Can we give it without telling them (or telling them we're just helping you) to not hurt their ego or avoid making them feel ...
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Can one pay Zakat even if his wealth is less than nisab?

I understand that Zakat becomes obligatory if wealth (money, gold, etc) is more than nisab for period of one year. However if I don't have nisab amount yet I want to give away Zakat, can I do it? I ...
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Is a woman's jewellery subject to Zakat?

Now that Ramadan is approaching I was wondering whether I should pay zakat on my wife's jewellery. IslamCity zakat calculator has the following line Please note that Women jewelry is not subject ...
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What duty on a wealthy aside from zakat is there?

I read a hadith saying that there are other duties on a wealthy person other than zakat, well I am wondering what those duties might be? The Hadith: Fatimah bint Qais narrated that : she asked ...
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What is the islamic view on taxation?

Is raising taxes by the leaders of an Islamic state allowed? If a person will not voluntarily pay these taxes: may force be used to collect them (like in almost any state today)? In my opinion ...
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Zakat Calculation: College Tuition or other big expense

I originally asked this question which I am splitting up. College Tuition: Saving for a future expense, say kids' college tuition, does it count under Zakat's rule? since if your kids are young, they ...
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Zakat Calculation: Fluctuating networth

I originally asked this question which I am splitting up. Fluctuating Net worth: Some months, one saves more and some months one spends more due to various reasons. How does one establish the correct ...
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Zakat Calculation: Investments

I originally asked this question which I am splitting up. Investments and shares for retirement: Pay while contributing on the contribution amount or pay when retiring and we are able to withdraw the ...