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Zakat
Islamic Relief uses your Zakat in the most effective way possible to relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Donating your Zakat can provide:
EDUCATION
HEALTH
CLOTHES
SHELTER
WATER
FOOD

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

(Qur’an 2:110)
Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam – it is also a revolutionary social justice concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world.

If just the top ten richest people in the world paid zakat – a mere 2.5% of their wealth – it would amount to a staggering $15.6 billion! The power of that money in tackling poverty would be huge.

Zakat is not just a duty on those with wealth, but a right that the poor have over us – we are “those in whose wealth there is a recognised right for the needy and the poor” (Qur’an 70:24-25).
Islamic Relief uses your zakat in the most effective way possible to relieve the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Last year alone, we distributed Zakat in 30 countries, funding 21 projects. We supported 526,094 people.

We provided emergency relief, such as food, clothing, winter items, hygiene kits, shelter, to over 340,000 people in countries including Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya, Somalia and India.

We were able to provide food in Ramadan to 115,750 people.

We gave 100 unqualified and impoverished teachers in South Africa grants to gain teaching qualifications.

It’s because of you, your zakat has the power to transform people’s lives, turning them from Zakat recipients into zakat givers. That’s our ultimate goal.

Current Nisab Value

Using value of silver (612.36 grams)

$313

Using value of gold (87.48 grams)

$3,731

How can I help?

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

Questions?

Read FAQ’s
For your convenience, Islamic Relief Australia has answered frequently asked questions about Zakat.

What is Zakat?
In Arabic, Zakat means purification, growth and blessing. It is a charitable practice that requires all able Muslims (those who meet the requirement of Zakat as dependent upon nisab and hawl see below) to contribute a fixed portion of their wealth – 2.5% of savings — to help the needy.

What is Nisab?
Nisab is the minimum amount of wealth a Muslim must have—after calculating necessary expenses—to be eligible to contribute zakat. Nisab is equivalent to the value of 3 ounces of gold. The nisab we’ve calculated for our zakat calculator is based on the most-recent report available to us (disclaimer: this number may change daily depending on fluctuations in the gold exchange rate).

Who is obligated to pay Zakat?
Every adult Muslim who meets the requirements of nisab and hawl in a calendar year must pay zakat for that year. There are some conditions that may require others, a wali (guardian) of a minor for instance, to pay zakat too. As always, it is best to consult with your local imam or scholar for clarification.

When should I pay Zakat?
Zakat should be paid as soon as possible prior to or at the time that you’ve earned the requisite amount of nisab each lunar year, or one year after you last paid it. Tip: A good way to ensure zakat is made in a timely fashion is to pay your zakat during Ramadan.

What’s the difference between Zakat al Mal and Zakat al Fitr?
Zakat al-Mal (commonly called “zakat“) is due when a person’s wealth reaches the nisab amount and can be paid anytime during the year. Zakat al-Fitr is paid by the head of the household for each member of the family, before Eid al-Fitr prayer. Zakat al-Fitr is about the price of one meal—estimated at $10 in 2016.

On whose behalf do I have to pay Zakat al Fitr?
Zakat al-Fitr should be paid on behalf of everyone in the family. There are some scholars that recommend that Zakat al-Fitr is also paid on behalf of unborn children after the 120th day of pregnancy, but do not view it as obligatory. Most scholars do agree, however, that Zakat al-Fitrshould be paid on behalf of the baby after his/her birth. Please do consult with your local imam or scholar for further clarification.

When should I pay my Zakat al Fitr?
It should be paid before Eid prayer (or any day during Ramadan). There are some schools of thought that also allow for Zakat al-Fitr to be paid even before Ramadan. Consult with your local imam or scholar if you need additional information.