Monday, 6 September 2010

Zakat/Zakat-ul-Fitr

Zakat
One of the five core pillars of Islam, the literal translation of the Arabic word Zakat is ‘to cleanse’ or ‘purify’. Paying Zakat on your wealth purifies and increases the remainder of it, also serving as a reminder that everything we own belongs to Allah.

‘Take Sadaqah (alms) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allâh for them. Verily! Your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower’ Surah Al-Tawba - Repentance, Dispensation verse 103

Items from which wealth can be derived include: gold, silver, and merchandise for business. Zakat must be paid on cash deposits held in bank accounts. Any personal items from which one cannot derive wealth, e.g. cars, utensils, food, clothing, shelter, furniture and which are not to be used for trade, are not included in the calculation of zakat. A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat because the reward for good deeds done in this blessed month is multiplied.


Zakat is distributed among the poor, the needy and the destitute, people who have nothing other than the very basic necessities. Zakat cannot be used to build mosques, to bury the deceased, or to clear the debt of the deceased.

Zakat-ul-Fitr
It is an obligation that every self-sustaining Mulsim adult should pay Zakat-ul-Fitr as prescribed by Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) those Muslims should pay for themselves and on behalf of dependants. It must pay it before one participates in the Eid Prayer
The quantity the Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Al'Mighty God be upon him) described as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together. If we translate this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as flour or rice, it is approximately £3.50.

Therefore the amount due for each person is £3.50 which is $5.50 and 4.26 Euros