Our Zakat: Where the need is greatest
Zakat is a pillar of Islam. Zakat matters everywhere and at every time. It is not just something for alleviating poverty. Zakat purifies our wealth.
“Keep up the salah and pay the zakat, an bow down your heads with those who bow down theirs.” (Qur’an, 2:43)
Zakat instills social consciousness in us. It helps us to develop taqwa and recognise Allah’s blessings upon is. It encourages equity and connects us with people around us. It allows us to help others and ourselves.
Paying our zakat for UK based activities and initiatives is a way of channeling our religious duty towards those that we live amongst. After all, charity should begin at home. The Islamic Society of Britain’s Zakat Trust was set up in 2000 to provide a way to collect zakat (and sadaqa) to distribute it to fund UK-based activities and initiatives. We will be answerable for how we looked after our own families, neighbours, neighbourhoods, and people.
What kinds of activities are eligible for funding?
Over the years, the Islamic Society of Britain has been running a number of zakat eligible projects, right here in the UK:
– Islam awareness initiatives
– Education, training and development programmes
– Inter-faith activities
The Sharia allows zakat (and sadaqa) money to be spent for these purposes. A number of scholars, including Sheikh Abdullah Judai, have confirmed the use of zakat and sadaqah money for the areas of work outlined above.
“The example of those who spend their wealth if God’s cause is like a grain of corn that produces seven ears, each bearing a hundred grains. God gives multiple increase to whoever He wishes. He is limitless and all-knowing.” (Qur’an, 2:261)
Fitrana is the donation made when Muslims who have completed their Ramadan fast has food in excess of their needs. Traditionally Zakat ul-Fitr was a contribution made in a food staple, such as rice and flour.
Who pays Fitrana?
Before the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the end of Ramadan, every adult Muslim who possesses food in excess of their needs must pay zakat al-Fitr (fitrana). The head of household can also pay zakat al-Fitr for their dependants such as children, servants and any dependent relatives.
Is Fitrana compulsory?
The payment of Fitrana becomes obligatory after the sunset on the evening of the last fast of Ramadan. Once the moon of Shawwal is sighted, each person who is obliged to pay Fitrana, must pay it forward, before the Eid day
How much Fitrana do I need to pay?
The payable Fitrana 2021 UK total is calculated at £5 from every household. This is the amount equivalent to one saa, or four times the amount of food that can be scooped up with both hands together and was designated by the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH).
We thank you for your kind generosity in what has been a difficult year. You are making a difference, to the lives of the most vulnerable in Manchester.