Everything You Need to Know About Zakat

Everything You Need to Know About Zakat


You may have heard the term “zakat” before, but might not know what it means. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about zakat, including what it is, how to calculate it, who it helps, and more. 


What Is Zakat?

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Literally, it means “purification,” and is a payment from Muslims to support the poor and needy. Zakat is encouraged year-round and can be done by anyone at any time. It is also a central part of Ramadan, which is a month-long holy celebration consisting of important rituals like fasting, prayer, and charity. This usually results in increased zakat during that month.


How to Calculate Zakat

The practice of zakat differs in various countries, with some governments collecting and distributing it. In other countries, Muslims have more flexibility and can choose how they wish to engage in zakat themselves—like donating to their local mosque, a community organization, Muslim associations, and other organizations that rely on charitable giving. Even though it’s not usually compulsory, a common question is “how much is zakat?”


The zakat percentage can vary between different countries and regions, but generally, the rate of zakat is 2.5% of a person or family’s annual accumulated wealth. This includes things like savings, nonessential property, and more. This helps to serve as a reminder for Muslims to be unselfish and help the less fortunate.


Who Gets Zakat?

The individuals or organizations that receive zakat differ between various Muslim countries and communities around the world. In countries that regulate zakat, the government decides where zakat goes and who it benefits. As mentioned above, zakat is not mandatory in other areas and Muslims can choose to give how they see fit. However, zakat is normally supposed to benefit the poor and needy in Muslim communities and shouldn’t be given to immediate family members.


During the month of Ramadan and beyond, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is reliant on zakat and other forms of charitable giving. PCRF is not a political or religious organization. Our mission is to provide medical and humanitarian relief collectively and individually to Arab children throughout the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, politics, or religion. 

We rely on charitable giving to provide medical treatment, surgeries, safety, shelter, and support to children and their families suffering from health conditions. Find out how you can get involved and help make a difference in children’s lives today!