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Zakat – “that which purifies”
“True piety is this: to believe in God, and the last day……to perform the prayer and to pay the zakat.” (Quran 2:177)
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. This means that zakat is mandatory for Muslims, along with the other four pillars. For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount – known as Nisab – he or she must pay 2.5% of that wealth as Zakat. It is both a spiritual duty and a vital part of the Islamic welfare system.
“…..and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived” (Quran 70:24-5).
If you require further assistance with working out your zakat then use our zakat calculator or call 03000 999 786 and speak to one of our call centre team who will arrange for one of the Ulema to help you.
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