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Yes, Mankind welfare trust can insure that your zakat reaches the most needy Muslims around the world and is spent in accordance with Islamic Law.
The vast majority of our projects are of course zakat eligible in that they serve orphans, widows, refugees etc. Projects that may not be zakat eligible are always paid for through our sadaqah funds.
Zakat must be spent as stipulated in the Qur’an:
“Alms are for the poor and needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer.”
Exact meanings are given to all these categories in Islamic Law.
Giving your zakah monthly is simple: simply calculate your zakah payments, divide this by 12 and set up a regular gift, specifying zakah as the type of donation.
Remember that you can pay your zakah in monthly installments for the year ahead and not in arrears.
You can donate your zakat in the same way you would general sadaqah, except that you must specify the type of your donation is zakat.
You can donate your zakah online, over the phone or by post.
Zakah can be paid at any time within the year it was calculated. However, many people choose to pay their zakah within the blessed month of Ramadhan every year for the extra reward and so they do not forget to pay!
You can also spread zakah payments across the whole year if you so wish.
The nisab is defined as 87.5g of pure gold or its equivalent value in money. At current market rates (updated daily) this is equal to £2,930.58.
Zakat is an obligation upon every Muslim who has wealth exceeding the value of the nisab or minimum value. Zakah is mentioned more than 80 times in the Qur’an and to withold it is a major sin.
Zakah is also payable on most types of business or trade.
Any donation other than zakah is considered ‘sadaqah’ or ‘charity.’ Amounts large or small and towards any good cause are considered sadaqah.
Q02. What is sadaqah jariah?
Sadaqah jariah is ‘continuous charity.’ It includes any charity that continues to bring benefit to people, animals or the environment over time, and for as long as it does so it brings reward to the donor insha’Allah. Education, orphans care, safe water and tree plantation are just a few examples of sadaqah jariah projects.
Zakat (also spelt zakah) is a form of alms paid on one’s wealth to the poor and needy. It is paid at a rate of 2.5% on most types of wealth, provided the wealth exceeds a minimum level known as the nisab.