Allah says, ‘Spend, O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you. The right hand of Allah is full and overflowing and in nothing would diminish it, by overspending day and night
Zakat, or almsgiving, is one of the five pillars of Islam, along with prayer, fasting, pilgrimage (Hajj), and belief in Allah (SWT) and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW). For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount–known as the nisab–he or she must pay 2.5% of that wealth as zakat.
In the Holy Qur’an (2:110), we read, “And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves—you will find it with Allah; surely Allah sees what you do.”
Zakat is a promise that we must fulfill to help those in need. When you give your zakat through Islamic Relief USA, it’s powerful, and impactful, and its potential grows by multiples. Your zakat can help provide:
• Emergency food
• Shelter for refugees
• Job training
and much, much more—all in accordance with Islamic principles
Zakat is the most-supported fund, Alhamdulillah, and that speaks volumes for the power of this kind of charity.
Islamic Relief’s Dedication to Distributing Zakat
Islamic Relief collects and distributes zakat to those who are most in need, in accordance with Islamic guidelines. According to the Holy Qur’an (9:60), there are eight categories of people who qualify to be recipients of zakat:
1. The poor
2. The needy
3. The collectors of zakat
4. Those whose hearts are to be won over
6. Those burdened with debt
7. In the cause of Allah (SWT)
Most scholars agree that the poor and needy are the most important categories of people to receive zakat. Given that, it is acceptable to give your entire zakat allotment to individuals who are in those groups.
Al-Rehmat follows the practice agreed upon by most scholars, which states that collectors of zakat are one of the eight groups that are eligible to receive zakat. As such, Al-Rehmat is eligible to use up to 12.5% of donations made to zakat-specific funds for core work, including administrative and operational functions.
While many prefer to give zakat al-Mal during Ramadan, the option to give is always open. However, when it comes to zakat al-Fitr, it should be given before the Eid prayer.
Rehmat Ali Foundation Pakistan is non-profit organization, fully dedicated to humanitarian services. Al-Rehmat’s workers and volunteers continue to work tirelessly for the relief of affected people across Pakistan and worldwide.