WHAT IS ZAKAH?
Zakah, one of the five pillars of Islam, is obligatory on every Muslim, male or female, who meets the criteria of wealth. The Qur'an made mention of the categories of those entitled to receive Zakah.
Regarding Zakah, Allah (SAW) says in the Quran;
إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْعَامِلِينَ عَلَيْهَا وَالْمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَالْغَارِمِينَ وَفِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ ۖ فَرِيضَةً مِّنَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ - 9:60
“ZAKAH EXPENDITURES ARE ONLY FOR THE POOR AND FOR THE NEEDY AND FOR THOSE EMPLOYED TO COLLECT [ZAKAH] AND FOR BRINGING HEARTS TOGETHER [FOR ISLAM] AND FOR FREEING CAPTIVES [OR SLAVES] AND FOR THOSE IN DEBT AND FOR THE CAUSE OF ALLAH AND FOR THE [STRANDED] TRAVELER - AN OBLIGATION [IMPOSED] BY ALLAH. AND ALLAH IS KNOWING AND WISE.”
WHO CAN RECEIVE ZAKAH?
To be eligible to receive Zakah, the recipient must be someone whose property, in excess of his/her basic requirements, does not reach the nisab threshold.
To determine the nisab, the are two measures: either gold or silver.
Gold: The nisab by the gold standard is 3 ounces of gold (87.48 grammes) or its cash equivalent. This is approximately $3,560 on 16 April 2019, but will vary with the market value of gold.
Silver: The nisab by the silver standard is 21 ounces of silver (612.36 grammes) or its equivalent in cash. This is approximately $324 on 16 April 2019.
We have a thorough evaluation process through which we determine the eligibility of applicants applying for Zakah.
WHERE DOES AL-MISBAAH DISTRIBUTE ZAKAH?
AL-MISBAAH RECEIVES AND DISTRIBUTES ZAKAH LOCALLY.
This effort is geared to take care of those in our community and create awareness about this pillar of Islam amongst local Muslims.
Donate your Zakah to Al-Misbaah to ensure that it’s distributed to the most needy of our local communities.