Zakat in Islam: Zakat is the third obligatory pillar of Islam. The system of Zakat, Nisab of Zakat on gold is described in Quran and Hadith. According to Islam, the purpose of Zakat is to circulate the money among all the poor of society equally. It helps to prevent the concentration of wealth in few hands. All the important information and guideline about Zakat in Islam is provided in this article.

Zakat is paid once in a year. It is like a tax on your wealth to help the needy people. Islam makes it obligatory to pay Zakat for a person who owns animals (agricultural products), gold, silver and money. A specific ratio is defined by the Islam on which you have to pay Zakat.

Ratio of Zakat in Islam:

  • Nisab is the ratio of money that should be paid as Zakat like on having 85gm pure gold you have to pay 2.5% of that gold as Zakat.
  • If a person owns 595g pure silver then he should give 1/40 of the silver to the poor.
  • Zakat is also paid, if you are having agricultural products. 1/10 of that production should be paid as Zakat.
  • If you have amount equivalent to the 595 grams of silver then you should pay one fortieth of that amount to the Masaakeen.
  • On having 120 goats or sheep then you should pay amount equivalent to the price of two goats. If the number of animals is greater than 200 than you have to the amount equivalent to the price of three animals. 

To whom Zakat should be paid?

There are clear instructions about the people who deserve to get the money of Zakat. It cannot be given to the person who has 52 Tola silver or the equivalent wealth. Non Muslims are also prohibited to be given the Zakat. Zakat cannot be given to the mother, father, grandparents, grandchildren, husband or wife to each other and other than these relatives you can pay Zakat to your relatives. It should also be not given to the Syeds; descendents of Prophet (PBUH)’s daughter. You are not allowed the money of Zakat against the services rendered to you or against the outstanding debts.

Why Zakat Should Be Paid?

Zakat is given to the needy and poor people so that they can get the necessities of life. Zakat purifies our income and it will remove the love of wealth. If Zakat system is established in all over the world, it will reduce the poverty level. It also helps to prevent the hoarding of money and monopoly in the society.

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  1. A person helps to run a school where 60 boys do Hifz of Quran-e-Kareem, and every year 3 to 6 Hafiz come out of this institution. So, he pays the salary of the Teachers who help these students to make hifz. These students do not pay any fees to the teachers, and do not reside or eat from the school. Just gather from different places to make Hifz and go back their homes. The question is that can this man calculate the Zakawth he has to pay from out of the amount he spends throughout the year for this institution, since boys do not reside or eat in the School.

    A different person pays an amount to a committee who arrange Iftar and food for 300 person on each Iftar, through out Ramadan Kareem month every day. There are many poor people who come on daily basis in this Iftar and have their food, where a majority of the locality is very poor and deserving persons. There is a committee who collect amounts on a monthly basis, throughout the year, and spend only in Ramadan for Iftar and meals for this locality and cooking and food arrangements are done in a mosque situated in a poor locality. The question is that, can this man who is a member of this Committee, called Ramadan Committee, can account for the payment he has made through out the year, in the amount he has to pay as Zakawth, or not.

    Answers to the above 2 questions are requested in the light of Shariyah.

  2. Very nice info, but i am confused that if i have earned 1 Lac in 1 year, then i have to pay 40 thousand or 7 thousand, reply guys………..

    • No Alam…you don’t have to pay 40K or 7K. Instead you have to pay 2.5K that means 40th part of 1 Lac. Or easy way 2.5% on total value of gold or cash. Its quite simple…

  3. Assalam-u-alaikum;-
    I have two questions. please give the answers with details for my assignments purpose. Shukrea janab.

    (1) qaraz di hoi aur qaraz li hoi maal/ raqam par zakat.
    (2) Qazi key ausaf.

    From–Nor-ul-Islam Email:-

    i want to know k 7.5 tola sony ki total value py zakat hogi ya us sy zada jitna sona hy uski value py?and kia ye ramzan mai dyna hi farz hy ya bad mai bhi dy skty hen.or kia behen behn ko or maa beti ko zakat dy skti hy?

  5. Thank you so much for information about Zakat
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  6. Asslamualykum’
    Kya plot ya jagah munafe k garz se khridi hoi ho aur us per saal
    guzer jane k bad kya zakat farz hogi?
    kiraye per diya gaya flat per zakat deni hogi?
    Rahima Riyaz
    From. badlapur,maharashtra. india

  7. Aslkm
    Kya apni bahen ko zakat deskte hai jiski shadi nhi hui pr ek mahine bad hai ar agr deskte hai to kya usko wo paise apni shadi k lie use krna chaie ya maa baap k khrchon k lie use krskte ……plz rely me


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