Zakah Info & Calculations
What is "Zakah"?
The meaning of Zakah is difficult to translate from Arabic to English, but the closest meaning one can attribute to the word Zakah is to give alms or a type of charity. Zakah, one of the pillars of Islam, is a concept that not only purifies the believer of sins, but also provides a way to care for the needy with in the communities. Allah, Most Praised, Most High, states in Al-Qur'aan:
Take alms from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it."
Types of Zakah
There are two major types of Zakah in Islam, which provides financial assistance for the needy within the community: Zakat-ul-Maal, and Zakat-ul-Fitr. Zakat-ul-Fitr is calculated based on the avergae price for a meal in your community multiplied by the number of members in your family. In N. America, the consensus is Zakat-ul-Fitr price is ~$10 per family member. This donation must be paid by the head of the household or any family member at the end of Ramadaan, before the Eid prayers. Your money is used to purchase food, which is provided to the needy and less fortunate within our communities. Zakat-ul-Maal is the amount donated from the wealth that has been in one's possession for one full calendar year.
The following information applies to the Zakah paid on one's wealth. For information on Zakat-ul-Fitr, including suggesting needy families, please contact the MUC main office.
It is important for every Muslim to pay Zakah if he meets the conditions as it is narrated by Prophet Muhammad:
"Whoever pays the Zakah on his wealth will have its evil removed from him."
[Hasan; Recorded by Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabaraani]
How to Calculate Zakah
Download this Zakah worksheet to easily calculate your Zakah obligation!
How to Pay Zakah
The following two options are available to pay your Zakah, and fulfill this important pillar of Islam.
Mail your Zakah contributions to:
MUC - Zakah Fund
1830 W. Square Lake Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
*make check payable to Muslim Unity Center; memo:Zakat-ul-Maal or Zakat-ul-Fitr etc.
MUC is a 501(c)3 charity. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
MUC is pleased to accept your Zakah contributions and, in turn, to spend the funds it collects in the best possible ways approved by the Shariah. A specially constituted Zakah committee will study the circumstances of potential recipients and make distributions accordingly. And remember, it is Allah who grants success!
Disclaimer: This Zakah worksheet was carefully prepared in accordance with the prescribed Shariah guidelines in which American taxpayer will find familiar. Careful attention was paid to choosing fiqh opinions relevant to the circumstances of Muslims living in N. America. Most of the opinions have been solicited from scholars who combine, with their knowledge of Shariah and its sciences, experience in dealing with issues affecting the Muslim community in the N. American context. It should be noted, however, that there are several points in regard to Zakah on which there are differences of opinion. Those who wish may seek details of these issues in the books of fiqh and Shariah transactions. MUC wants to make it clear to all members that the opinions on which it has based this form are not the only opinions on these matters.