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Zakah Giving


Zakah is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is obligatory on every sane Muslim to pay this, providing they have held a minimum amount of wealth (“nisab” (£510 for silver and £3202 for gold (as of 23.8.11)) for one whole year.

What is wealth?

Zakah is payable on cattle, crops, gold, silver, and money held in accounts as savings. Zakah is not payable for instance on food, clothes and the car that you drive.

How much?

You can work out your zakat by applying 2.5% on your wealth.
Use our zakah calculator to work out how much zakah you owe.

Why Zakah Giving?

The virtues of Zakah are innumerable, it essentially means growth and purification, and is a means of purifying our wealth and our hearts in the way prayer purifies our souls. It is our counterbalance to greed and selfishness, and a mercy for the poor and destitute as it liberates them for the humiliation of begging. It transforms lives and its potential to alleviate poverty is significant.

It is most certainly preferable to give to one’s relatives over those who are not if they are eligible since Islam places a great emphasis on maintaining family ties, but great care needs to be taken as to whether one’s relatives remain eligible, since their wealth could have grown taking them over the threshold of ‘Nisab.’ Islam is strict as to the categories on whom zakah can be spent.

How do we spend your money?

We adhere to the guidelines of Islam when distributing zakah and ensure your money is spent strictly on the poor, and the orphan children on whom it is permissible to also spend. We also spend a small percentage on those who distribute zakah on our behalf in Africa. This too is permitted in Islam. We do not mix these funds for use on any of our projects such as madrasah construction. You may wish to make a one-off donation and feed a family either for a week or a month via our donate now page.

If you wish to contribute to our work, please ensure that you state clearly whether it is to be used as ‘Sadaqa’ or Zakah.’ Remember, if you are a UK taxpayer please let us know so we can increase your contribution by 25p per pound, making your zakah go further. We operate a 100% donations policy and ensure all your money and the HMRC contributions go to your cause.

Zakah Giving

With your help we help distribute food to the poor, orphans, widows and the elderly throughout the year. We feed an average of around 5,000 just in Ramadhan alone. In 2013 we mobilised the largest food distribution programme in Zanzibar to rural villages like Bumbwini and Kizimkazi, ahead of any international charity in the region. We also distribute far and wide to islands like Pemba and Tumbatu, where some of the most deprived live. To read more about how we spend your zakah click here to our web page dedicated to our feed the poor programme.


It is important to know for most donors that their donation has been spent according to their wishes. When requested we will also ensure that we send pictures of the distribution to donors so that it gives them a peace of mind. if you wish to feed a family of 8 for a month it will cost you no more than £50 or you could feed a single child for £14 a month, this could either be sadaqa or zakah. Please continue to support our campaigns and help make a difference.

Your gift does not always have to go to food and you may choose to build or repair a home for the poor or look after an orphan child. We are currently working on building a 2 bed home for 4 homeless siblings. We work also on remote islands like Pemba & Uzi, which has one of the higest number of orphans and widows. Our work is inspired by the sayings of Prophet Muhammed (SAW) such as: 

"One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying." [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter "The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans"]

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and to touch the lives of those you help with your mercy and kindness.

"My Mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right, and practice regular charity" (Surah Ar-Ar'af 7:165).

If you wish to get involved or contribute, please contact our Helpdesk on or click here to donate now.


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