can provide emergency food aid
can fill an emergency relief pack
can sponsor an orphan for a year
Help us show the healing power of a global community.
Last year, your Zakat changed the lives of 1 million people.
It is your Zakat that helps fight poverty through sustainable change, and provide immediate emergency aid.
In the face of hunger, conflict, poverty or isolation, your donation helps break the cycle and build healthier, stronger communities.
“We look up to Islamic Relief as our hope, because of them and Allah’s blessings, we can fast in Ramadan. Every day when we break our fast, we pray to Allah to reward you with paradise.“ – Fatoumata, mother in Mali
Through your Zakat, Sadaqah and Ramadan donations, we provide urgent food aid to those in need. We also help families break the vicious cycle of hunger by implementing efficient and innovative solutions that increase food sustainability.
Children are often hit hardest by food shortages, so we assist through emergency and school nutrition programs as well as maternal awareness. This prevents countless health problems in the future and saves lives.
We work to help communities become self-sufficient through food projects like drought resistant farming and family livestock businesses. This means families can provide for themselves, increase food security and create a positive ripple effect in their society.
Follow Your Zakat in Ramadan
Zakat Guide 101
Read through our comprehensive Zakat Guide to answer any and all questions you may have about calculating your Zakat and how it gets to those in need when you give to Islamic Relief!
Pay Zakat al Fitr
We may not have congregational Eid al-Fitr prayers but you can still pay your Zakat al-Fitr to help feed someone in need. This year it’s $10/person.
Your Zakat Donations in Action
What is Zakat?
Zakat is a charitable donation that Muslims calculate and pay every year as a percentage of 2.5% on their surplus wealth. This includes cash, stocks, investment property, gold or silver.
Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam – it is also a revolutionary concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world.
For the orphans, widows and people struck by tragedies, it’s the difference between life and death.
Zakat al-Fitr is a special charitable donation given before Eid al-Fitr prayers. It is equal to the price of one meal, which is given on behalf of every member of the family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Paying Zakat is an act of worship that cleans away impurities from our provision and ensures excess wealth is distributed among those in need.
Zakat is an obligation upon any Muslim who has reached puberty, is of sound mind, and owns the minimum amount of net worth (Nisab) for one year.
You can calculate today’s nisab and your Zakat in Canadian dollars here.
Zakat should be calculated and paid on any surplus wealth that you have owned for at least one lunar year. This includes:
– Gold, silver, precious metal, including ornaments/jewellery containing gold/silver.
– Cash in bank accounts, committees or at home.
– Stocks, shares, and pension/investment accounts.
– Money you have lent to others.
– Property you own for investment purposes.
– Agricultural produce and livestock (cows, chickens, goats etc).
Personal things you own (your home, furniture, cars, food, clothing) are not included in Zakat calculations. Living expenses and debts are also subtracted from Zakat calculations. The easiest way to calculate your Zakat is to find out the monetary value of each type of wealth and then work out 2.5% of the total sum. You can do so directly by using our online calculator.
Nisab is the minimum amount of net worth that acts as the threshold for when Zakat becomes obligatory on you.
There are two ways to determine nisab:
Gold: The nisab by the gold standard is 3 ounces of gold (87.48 grams) or its cash equivalent. The price will vary with the current market value of gold.
Silver: The nisab by the silver standard is 21 ounces of silver (612.36 grams) or its equivalent in cash. The price will vary with the current market value of silver.
Calculate today’s nisab and your Zakat in Canadian dollars here.
After a full lunar year passes from the date you become an owner of nisab, Zakat is then due upon your net wealth. If you cannot remember the exact date, an estimated date can be used.
If the amount decreases during the year, but comes back up to nisab one lunar year after owning it, Zakat is still due upon your net wealth, despite the fluctuation.
Islamic Relief ensures Zakat is used in the most transparent and effective ways. The vast majority of our projects are Zakat compliant and target those most in need. Your Zakat donations will only go towards Zakat compliant projects.
The following are some of the ways that Islamic Relief uses Zakat money:
– Ramadan Feed the Needy project in over 30 countries.
– Food Aid to families living in vulnerable households.
– Nutritional Feeding for malnourished mothers and children
– Urgent Aid for displaced and refugees families all across the globe (Syria,Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia and a host of other countries)
– Food security and income generation for vulnerable families.
You can pay your Zakat in advance of the due date, as long as you are confident that your wealth will remain stable.
It is also permissible to pay the Zakat due in instalments, although it is preferred to have it paid in one single transaction.