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What is Zakat?

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. It requires Muslims to give 2.5% of their qualifying wealth each year to help Muslims who need it across a range of categories.

Zakat is more than just a payment or a random act of charity. It’s a unique form of religious social welfare which benefits the whole community.

Zakat is both a spiritual duty and a vital part of the Islamic social welfare system.

What's the purpose of Zakat?

“And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (2:110, Qur’an)

As one of the pillars of Islam, Zakat is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease the suffering of millions. With the literal meaning of the word being ‘to cleanse,’ Muslims believe that paying Zakat purifies, increases and blesses the remainder of their wealth.

Zakat is also a spiritual connection to one’s maker – to purify your wealth for the will of Allah (swt) is to acknowledge that everything we own belongs to Him, and it is for Him that we strive to end poverty and help our brothers and sisters.

According to the Hanafi madhab, Zakat is 2.5% of wealth that has been in one’s possession for a lunar year. If wealth amounts to less than a threshold figure, termed the nisab, then no Zakat is payable. If wealth amounts to more than the nisab, Zakat becomes obligatory.

“Of their goods, take Zakat, so that you might purify and sanctify them.”  (9:103, Qur’an)

Masjid Khadijah utilises Zakat to help some of the world’s poorest and most destitute communities. Your donations bring joy to these people, and brings hope that one day they will be able to give rather than receive Zakat.

Purify your wealth, donate today.

Nisab Values

  • Silver 612.36g equating to £342.92
  • Gold 87.48g equating to £4,073.07

Enter all assets that have been in your possession over a lunar year:

Value of Gold
Value of Silver


In hand and in bank accounts
Deposited for some future purpose, e.g. Hajj
Given out in loans
Business investments, shares, saving certificates, pensions funded by money in ones possesssion

Trade Goods:

Value of Stock


Borrowed money, goods bought on credit
Wages due to employees
Taxes, rent, utility bills due immediately

Total Assets


Zakat Payable


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