Five Pillars of Islam
Compulsory Charity (Zakah)
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.
Muslims 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:
- For the poor
- For the needy
- For salaries of people employed to collect Zakah
- To help people, who are inclined towards Islam
- To free the captives
- To help those in debt
- For Allah’s cause
- 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.