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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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Is it permissible to claim 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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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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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 "taxes"...
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Is it permissible to give zakat to a family member?

Can someone give a part of his zakat to a family member (not a parent), say an uncle for example specially if he is in need?
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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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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 we ...
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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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Is it permissible to give Zakat to someone without telling him that this is the money of Zakat?

Is it important to tell the recipient of Zakat that this is the money of Zakat? Can we give it without telling them (or telling them we're just helping you) to not hurt their ego or avoid making ...
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Should a mortgage be treated as loan and hence be deducted from net worth when calculating zakat? [closed]

A mortgage loan, or simply mortgage, is used either by purchasers of real property to raise funds to buy real estate, or alternatively by existing property owners to raise funds for any purpose, while ...
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At what age does a person become an adult in Islam?

From Hidaya Foundation: The person should be Muslim, adult, sane, free (not a slave). They must posses a certain minimum amount of extra wealth (called nisab), fully owned by them in excess of ...
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Can a Muslim 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 a period of one year. However if I don't have nisab amount yet but I want to give zakat, can I do it? I ...
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Zakat on gifted house

I received a house as a gift from my parents. After a couple of years I decided to sell the house and use it for buying and selling properties. Would the zakat be payable on one year from the date ...
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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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Is the Shia method of calculating zakat different from the Sunni method?

Is the Shia version of zakat different from the Sunni version? AFAIK, the Sunni version of the zakat is based on accumulated wealth every year. And apparently the Shia version of zakat is based on ...
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What caused the decline of the Bani Hashim, what form did the decline take, and why did it happen so quickly?

Every biography I've read so far says that by the time of Muhammad's (pbuh) birth, the fortunes of his clan, the Bani Hashim, had declined considerably. But I'm confused about the cause of this ...
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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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Zakat Calculation: How to calculate Zakat for college tuition or other big expenses?

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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Does a disabled person with learning difficulties unable to generate income have to pay zakat

AA. I know you have answered a similar question but I need further clarification. A 19 year old girl has learning difficulties (bur not insane) and will never really be able to earn an income. The ...
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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 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 to ...
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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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Difference between “fakeer” and “miskeen”

What is the difference between "fakeer" (فقير) and "miskeen" (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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Is zakat mandatory at the age of 17?

Is it mandatory for me to pay Zakat, even though I don't have my own job and I always save my money as cash? Also, not to mention that I'm saving up for a PS4 or a custom PC, which are quite expensive ...
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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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What amount of zakat we need to pay on clothes that have been gifted to us?

What amount of zakat we need to pay on clothes that have been gifted to us? If someone gifts us clothes worth X, then how much zakat we need to pay on it?
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What are the duties of wealthy aside from zakat?

I read a hadith which says 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 a Muslim obliged to donate while earning an income?

I have had a bitter career which lots of job being lost but now I am in new job which has let me to ask myself what do I need to give in name of Allah, how much donation/charity or what I am eligible ...
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Is it righteous to give zakat or sadaqah from the income of a job which requires ongoing bribery to keep?

Suppose a person is doing a sophisticated job with no haram at all, but he has got that job through fraud like bribing. He has to give bribe to some officers yearly in order to remain in the job. ...
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Can I give Zakat in the form of clothes?

It is a practice of many ladies to give away their clothes converting their value into Zakat. Please guide me in the following matter: I have some new and slightly used stitched clothes which I am ...
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Should 14 year old pay Zakat on benefit money that is being saved?

My little brother is diabetic and gets benefit money from the government every year that my parents have held for him until he is 18. This money is being saved with the intention it may go towards ...
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What is the 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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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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How does zakaat work with pension schemes?

Apparently in the UK, work based pension schemes will become obligatory in 2014. I have done a little research in this and it is possible to choose a company you want to invest in, allowing you to ...
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What are the commandments of Islam about Zakat to a relative?

My Uncle has a daughter and she is married. But they are so poor. Her husband didn't do any work and they have no mean of earning. Even they have no other source of livelihoods. Is it permitted in ...
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Can we give Zakat to non-muslims?

One of my colleagues asked me in Ramadhan. Is there allow to give zakat to non-muslim if he is needy one as other Muslims. Is there clear mentioned in Quran who can get zakat?
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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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is zakaat applicable on childrens marriage gifts

Is Zakat applicable on the money,gold and other items kept by parents as marriage gift for their children.
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Will my zakat be accepted given that I am not performing prayer?

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. I am giving Zakat to the poor and needy during Ramadan. As Prayer (Salat) is the second pillar of Islam, but I am not performing any prayers. Will Allah ...
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Do I still have to pay Zakat, even with a large house loan? [duplicate]

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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How much and to whom should I give Zakah?

I would like to know how much amount of zakat should be given and to whom it can be given. I am an employee at a company and my salary is always at the end of the month. Can I give goods as zakat ...
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Money saved used, then re-earned through the year and the implications for zakat

I understand how to calculate Zakat, but what I'm unclear on what is considered acclimated wealth. Let's assume, for the sake of simplifying it, that I owe zakat, and I pay what is due. At the end, ...
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Do you have to pay Zakat if you are on welfare money?

AssalamuAilakum, I'm speaking in regards to my mother. I thought you could pay zakat and charity with welfare, because its not a loan which you pay back. It is money the government gives my mother ...
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I have a bank loan, a monthly salary, and no savings from my salary. Do I need to pay zakat?

I live and work out of my home country as an expat. I somehow got a bank loan last year which is equivalent of my country currency 3500000. Every month, I'm paying installment as 90000 (equivalent ...
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Can we give used clothing as zakat instead of money?

Sometimes we pass difficult times about money.. I'm not eligible to give zakat yet. but would like to know if we can give used clothing as zakat instead of money? Zazakallah Khair
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Will sadaqah continue to be considered a good deed if it's used to fund an ongoing project?

Suppose someone gives sadaqah jariya (ongoing charity) like for a free education program building. This building is going to be built in the next 2 years. But anyone can give sadaqah for ...
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Keeping part of money collected as donation as service charge

I am planning to raise undertake an orphan/poor education project where I will school these kids. Obviously the money required to do so will come from donation. My question is quite simple. ...