ISLAMIC FOUNDATION
300 W. Highridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181, USA
Tel: +1.630.941.8800
www.islamicfoundation.org

Zakat

 

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is obligatory on all Muslims (men and women) who possess wealth at least equal to 'Nisab. Nisab is the minimum amount of one's holdings on whichah must be paid. The Nisab is 2.85 ounces of gold (the approximate value of 2.85 oz. of gold is $4,500). Any believer who refuses to pay Zakah is not a Muslim. It is the most important act of lbadah after Salah. It purifies assets and creates virtue. The Holy Our'an and the Prophet's (PBUH) Ahadith warn of severe punishment to those who do not pay their Zakah. Th'e first preference among recipients of Zakah is our own relatives whose Zakatable assests are less than 'Nisab' ($4,500). Zakah can be given to brothers and sisters, and their children, but not to one's parents and children. The Islamic Foundation receives a lot of requests for financial aid from individuals, families, Islamic institutions and charitable organizations. The Islamic Foundation disburses Zakah according to Islamic regulations. You can donate online through this website.  Alternatively you could either make checks payable to Islamic foundation and drop it in the donation box marked "Zakah Fund" or mail it to the Islamic Foundation address. Zakat is 2.5% of the Zakatable assets.  Zakatable assets do not include items of personal use such as house for residence, car, clothes, furniture and other household items. ISLAMIC FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES ZAKAT TO THE NEEDY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT BROTHER ZIA UR REHMAN VIA EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Zakat-ul-Fitr: Every Muslim is required to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr(Fitra) during the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to Allah for having enabled him to observe fasts. Its purpose is to purify those who fast from any indecent act or speech and to help the poor and needy. Zakat-ul-Fitr is incumbent on every free Muslim who possesses one Sa` of dates or barley which is not needed as basic food for himself or his family for the duration of one day and night. Every free Muslim must pay Zakat-ul-Fitr for himself, his wife, and children.  It should be paid before Salaat-ul-Eid.

For 2016 the Zakat-ul-Fitrz(Fitra) rate is $ 10 per person.  It is strongly encouraged to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr(Fitra) weeks in advance so that it could reach the poor and needy.  Islamic Foundation has Donation Boxes for Zakat-ul-Fitr or you could donate online in this Islamic Foundation Website by clicking on the following Icon.