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Your Zakat is our Amanah

Islamic Relief spends your Zakat donations in the most effective way possible to relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.

We spend the funds on the first category of Zakat – the poor and needy. We take the responsibility of delivering your donations very seriously. We know that we are accountable to you, to the people we serve, and, ultimately, to Allah. 

Some of the reasons to trust Islamic Relief with your Zakat are:

Our work is scholar verified

An independent Zakat Advisory Board, made up of a group of respected scholars, has ratified our Zakat policy, and continues to provide advice to ensure our Zakat policy is Shari’ah-compliant.

Certified Quality Assurance

We are one of only five UK based charities with HQAI (The Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative ) accreditation. The HQAI are an independent and objective assurance body, which examines how we use your donations in detail every year, and makes sure they are being used as effectively as possible.

We are 100% transparent

We don’t say that we have a ‘100% donation policy’. The truth is, it costs every single charity money to deliver relief- and we think you’d prefer us to be real about it. 

Find out more about reasons you can trust Islamic Relief with your donations here, as well as how we spend your donations

Thank you for trusting Islamic Relief with your donations last year. We made sure to take extra care when delivering your Zakat to those eligible to receive it, in accordance with our Zakat Policy. We hope you will support our work again this year with your Zakat, which becomes our Amanah. Thank you.

Mohamed Hamza, Islamic Relief Syria Aid Worker.

What is Zakat?

Zakat (zakaat, zakah), or almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam. This means that Zakat is mandatory for Muslims, along with the other four sacred pillars of prayer (salah), fasting (sawm), pilgrimage (Hajj) and belief in Allah and His Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) (shahadah). For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount – known as the Nisab – he or she must pay 2.5% of that wealth as Zakat.

…and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived

Qur’an 70:24-5

Eligible Muslims pay Zakat once a year, and it is due as soon as one lunar (Islamic) year has passed since meeting or exceeding the Nisab (certain amount of wealth). The Zakat of every Muslim is then distributed to those who meet the criteria to receive it. At Islamic Relief, your Zakat is distributed with the utmost care to ensure that the most vulnerable, including children, those affected by war, disease and climate disasters, have access to the help that they need.

You can use our Zakat Calculator to find out if you’re eligible to pay Zakat.

What is Nisab?

The Nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must possess before they become liable to pay Zakat. This amount is often referred to as the Nisab threshold.

Gold and silver are the two values used to calculate the Nisab threshold. The Nisab is the value of 87.48 grams of gold or 612.36 grams of silver.

Current Nisab value (17 January 2024)

Using value of silver 612.36 grams = £356.79
Using value of gold 87.48 grams = £4,513.83

Zakat: A sacred pillar

Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam, it is also a revolutionary concept which can end extreme poverty – that is the power of Zakat!

And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah.

Qur’an 2:110

It is also a right that the poor have over us.

“Those in whose wealth there is a recognised right for the needy and the poor.”(Qur’an 70:24-25)

Picture this: if just the ten richest people in the world paid Zakat – that would be a staggering £7.7 billion! The power of that money in tackling poverty would be huge.

When you give Zakat to Islamic Relief, your donation is used in the most effective way possible to relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Donate Your Zakat: Your donations enable us to save lives 

Your Zakat has funded some of our crucial work with people and communities living in disaster and war zones: drought and famine-struck countries across East Africa and communities affected by conflict in Syria. Your generosity has enabled communities to build sustainable livelihoods in the face of climate change, and enabled better lives for vulnerable orphans and families across the globe.

Alhamdulillah, you have the power to transform people’s lives.

Give your Zakat today!

What is Fitrana?

Fitrana is a donation often in the form of food that is given before Eid prayer, therefore it must be given before the end of Ramadan. Fitrana must be given by every self-supporting Muslim who has food in excess of their needs, on behalf of themselves and their dependants.

How much is Zakat?

Your Zakat donation should amount to 2.5% of your total zakatable wealth. Therefore, if your total assets (after any debts owed) amounted to £10,000, you would pay £250. Use our free and easy Zakat Calculator to calculate how much you owe.

Zakat FAQs

Please note that for any specific queries, it is advisable to contact your local imam. You can also call our office on 020 7593 3232.

During Ramadan, Islamic Relief has a scholar available to issue specific guidance.

Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions that you can use for further guidance:

General Zakat Questions

Miscellaneous Questions

Miscellaneous Questions: Saving and Jewellery

Miscellaneous Questions: Debt

Miscellaneous Questions: Business and Property

General Questions

You can also watch this YouTube video series where scholars answer FAQs.

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We ensure our content is reviewed and verified by qualified scholars to provide you with the most accurate information. This webpage was last reviewed by Sheikh Saalim Al-Azhari.

Page last reviewed: 21 February 2023

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