Zakat is among the Five Pillars
of Islam and is a Religious Duty
to be fulfilled by the person who is capable of paying it. Zakat is a Charity
given to the people who are in need of it. Paying Zakat isMandatory
for each and every Muslim who are financially capable or who have resources to give to the people who are in need of it. Zakat is based on the Wealth
or the things posed by a person on whom Zakat becomes Wajib
Zakat is Not Meant
to pay in the month of Ramadan Only
. You can pay your Zakat at the end of the month or at the start of the month because the people who are in need of Zakat don`t come in Ramadan Only
. The amount which is needed to be payable as Zakat is 1/40 Th or 2.5 %
of the total or net saving or Prosperity
exceeding a minimum amount. The Prophet (S.A.W)
has said Zakat is divided into 8 Parts
and those 8 parts are :
Al-Fuqara means Zakat to the poor person. Here the poor person refers to the person who does not have money to fulfill his basic needs such as food, shelter, cloth, etc.
Al-Miskeen means Zakat to the needy person. Here the needy person refers to the person who is in need of Zakat. But while giving Zakat to the needy person you have to check whether he/she had a genuine need or not.
- Al-Amilina Alayha
Al-Amilina Alayha means Zakat to the Administrators of Zakat. Administrators of Zakat are the organizations who collect Zakat from different people and distribute the Zakat among the needy people.
- Al-Mu allafati-Qulubuhum
Al-Mu allafati-Qulubuhum means Zakat to people whose heart has been pacified.
Fir-Riqab means Zakat to the people who are in enslavement.
Al-Gharimin means Zakat to the people who are in debt.
Fi-Sabilillah means Zakat to the people for the sake of Allah.
Ibnas-Sabil means Zakat to the people who are traveling by foot and have few resources while traveling.