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What Is Zakat?

Zakat, also known as “charity” or “alms-giving,” is a mandatory form of giving back to the community for Muslims. The word “zakat” means “to purify” and it is considered a form of purifying one’s wealth by giving a portion of it to those in need.

“…and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived” (Qur’an 70:24-5) One of the most commonly asked questions about Zakat is whether it can be given as a donation. The answer is yes, Zakat can be given as a donation, but it is important to note that it is a mandatory obligation for Muslims and not just a voluntary act of charity.

What are the 3 conditions of zakat?

There are three conditions that must be met for Zakat to be considered valid. First, the person giving Zakat must be a Muslim. Second, the wealth that is being given as Zakat must meet a certain threshold, known as the Nisab. And third, the wealth must be owned for a full lunar year before Zakat is due.

When Is Zakat Mandatory?

The nisab, or the threshold at which Zakat becomes mandatory, is currently set at 85 grams of gold or 595 grams of silver. For cash and other forms of wealth, the nisab is determined by the current market value. Once the nisab is met, 2.5% of that wealth must be given as Zakat. This means that if a person’s wealth is worth $10,000, they would be liable to pay $250 in Zakat.

Who are the 8 Recipients of Zakat?

There are eight categories of people who are eligible to receive Zakat, known as the “ash-shabaab al-arham” (the eight most deserving of Zakat).
  • These include the poor, the needy, those working to collect Zakat, those whose hearts need to be reconciled, those in slavery, those in debt, those traveling in the cause of Allah, and those in the way of Allah.
  • If a person owes several years of Zakat, they can pay it all at once or make a plan to pay it off over time. It is important to note that paying Zakat late does not absolve the person of their obligation and they may still be liable for any penalties.
  • Eligible recipients of Zakat are those who are in need and cannot support themselves, regardless of their religion or nationality. This includes the poor, the needy, and those working to collect Zakat.
  • Zakat is due in the Islamic month of Ramadan, but it can be given at any time throughout the year. Many Muslims choose to pay Zakat every month, but it is not mandatory.
  • Zakat is due on all forms of wealth, including salary. This means that if a person’s salary meets the nisab threshold, they must give 2.5% of it as Zakat. There are several ways to pay Zakat, including giving it directly to eligible recipients, giving it to a Zakat collector, or donating it to a reputable Zakat organization like JDC because it is important for you to ensure that your Zakat is being distributed to those in need in a timely manner.

Donate/Pay Your Zakat Online to JDC

  • At JDC, we understand the importance of giving back to the community and we make it easy for you to donate your Zakat. We are a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing Zakat services to our people. We work tirelessly to ensure that your Zakat reaches the deserving people, who are in dire need of your support.
  • By giving your Zakat to JDC, you can rest assured that your money will be used to support those in need and make a real difference in the lives of those around you. We have a team of experienced and dedicated professionals who are committed to ensuring that your Zakat reaches the right people, in the right way.
  • Donating zakat to JDC is easy, you can make a Zakat donation online, by phone, or by visiting our office. Our team will help you to calculate your Zakat and provide you with all the necessary information about our Zakat policy.
  • So, if you want to make a difference in our country, give your Zakat today by donating to JDC. Your support will help us to continue our work of helping those in need and making a positive impact on the lives of those around us.