donate your zakat
Fulfil your Islamic duty by donating to help those most in need
Yet you shall duly establish the Prayer. And you shall give the Zakat-Charity, and therewith lend Allah a most goodly loan. For whatever good you advance for your souls, you shall find its reward with Allah in the Hereafter; yet it shall be far better and much greater in reward. (Surah Al-Muzzammil, 73:20)
Zakat is one of the pillars of the Islamic faith and is compulsory. This act must be performed once an Islamic year.
A small percentage of 2.5% of your annual savings is donated towards the most poor and needy. A few benefits of Zakat are:
- It purifies your wealth,
- It removes your sins
- It helps you gain closeness to Allah swt.
If you own wealth for a year at or above a certain threshold which is the minimum amount of wealth a must possess to qualify for paying Zakat (known as the Nisab). 2.5% of that wealth must be donated to those who are eligible for 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 poor
- The needy
- Those in debt
- In the cause of Allah
- Those who have been enslaved
- Those whose hearts have been reconciled
- Administrators of Zakat
- Travellers (including Refugees)
Mission Relief distributes your Zakat donation 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 and then distribute to the remaining categories once the need has been established.
Mission Relief abide by the Zakat policy defined by the Islamic Council Of Europe which states;
7.2 Providing money to the beneficiary is the default rule due to the ability of the recipient to spend as personal needs dictate. This is also in line with preserving the dignity and reputation of the individual.
7.3 Non-monetary items such as food parcel, agricultural tools or even livelihood projects such as sewing machines etc, are permissible exceptions as
per the needs of the individual or local circumstances in the country. This would be applicable in the case of the organisation genuinely; a) find it
difficult to provide cash, and/or b) they feel the beneficiary would be negatively impacted handling money due to the context of the situation. The following circumstances may permit in-kind donations;
- If local products are expensive (e.g., >20% fluctuation)
- Lack of access to bank accounts
- Fear of life in emergency situations (e.g., threat to life to leave home)
- Lack of available essential goods (e.g., certain foodstuffs, medicines etc)
- Logistical difficulty of distributing cash (e.g., high risk of theft, inability to discharge cash separately to beneficiaries i.e., when congregated)
- Genuine fear that certain people or groups will misuse the monies.