Zakat & Eligibility Criteria
Zakat is the third pillar of our faith. It ensures our wealth is used to support the poorest and most marginalised in our community, who have a right over it. This is Fard (an obligation) for every Muslim adult, who is mentally sane and has a certain amount of wealth (Nisab) at 2.5% of their savings—once a year.
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoy what is just and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, pay and obey Allah and His Messenger.” (Holy Qur’an 9:71)
There are eight categories of people eligible to receive Zakat: the poor who are in financial distress, the needy who are in financial need, the administrators of Zakat or Zakat Collectors appointed by the State, those who have recently converted to Islam and need help, Zakat given to end slavery, those in debt, given in the name of God, and travellers, including refugees.