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Introducing Islam
by Suhel Farooq Khan

Five Pillars of Islam
3rd Pillar

Compulsory Charity

Islam ushered in an unprecedented social revolution and established a new kind of just and caring society.

Well-off Muslims share their wealth with the less fortunate ones.
pay 2.5% of their savings and wealth every year in charity.

Personal place of residence, personal car and professional tools are exempted from the Zakah calculations.

Compulsory Charity (Zakah) can be given in cash or kind for the following purposes:

  1. For the poor
  2. For the needy
  3. For salaries of people employed to collect Zakah
  4. To help people, who are inclined towards Islam
  5. To free the captives
  6. To help those in debt
  7. For Allah’s cause
  8. For travelers

Compulsory Charity (Zakah) is also due on farm produce at the rate of 5-10% depending upon the mode of irrigation. Such charity is called ‘Ushr.
There is no upper limit on the amount of charity.

The literal meaning of the word Zakah is to purify or to grow. By paying Charity (Zakah) Muslims purify their Lawful (Halal) wealth and God makes it to grow further.

Muslims pay Compulsory Charity (Zakah) by the Islamic calendar, every year. Besides the Compulsory Charity (Zakah), Islam put great emphasis on other Charity (Sadaqah) for the care of the poor and the needy, who may or may not be Muslims.


Introducing Islam

What is Islam?

Who are Muslims?

Who is the God of Muslims?

What is the Qur-an?
Who was Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
Do Muslims Worship Muhammad (Peace be upon him)?
What are the Tradition of Muhammad (Sunnah)?
The Concept of worship in Islam?
The Five Pillars of Islam
Declaration of Faith
Articles of Faith
Prayers (Salah)
Call for Prayers
Compulsory Charity (Zakah)
Pilgrimage to the Ka'bah (Hajj)
Fasting (Sawm)
The Islamic Calendar
Is Islam Rational
Status of Women in Islam
Polygamy in Islam
Does Islam teach violence?
What is Jihad?
Fundamentalism, Terrorism and Islam
Does Islam tolerate other religions?
Does Islam recognize Jesus?
Things forbidden in Islam
A Simple Test
How to revert back to

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