Save and Transform Lives with your Zakat

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Why Choose Us?

We understand your Zakat is not just a donation, it is an act of worship ordered upon us by Allah (swt) to help ease the suffering of less fortunate men, women, and children around the world. By trusting us with your Zakat, you will not only be fulfilling your religious obligation, but you will also be helping tackle poverty and saving lives around the world.

Nearly all our projects are Zakat-eligible. From building water wells in remote villages to giving widows the tools they need to feed their families, from providing urgent humanitarian relief in refugee camps to sponsoring disadvantaged orphans – we are committed to delivering your Zakat to those who are eligible and need it the most.


Muslim Hands Worldwide Zakat Service

Distributing Zakat for over 20 years

Distributed over R1 billion in Zakat

Distribute Zakat in over 30 countries

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See How Your Zakat Empowers Women


Your Zakat Gives Families Hope

When Salimata Traore’s husband died, her family was left without a breadwinner, and she was forced to raise her daughter, Setou alone. With no proper job or income, Salimata struggled to put food on the table and there were days when her family did not eat at all. 

Thanks to generous donors like you, we were able to enroll Salimata’s daughter at the Muslim Hands School of Excellence in Bamako, where she has been studying for more than a  year now.

We could also help Salimata financially, by opening a shop for her. Her shop sells skin and hair products and allows Salimata to earn an income and support her family. 

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How Your Zakat Changed A Child’s Life

When Diakaridia Samake’s father died, he and his family were plunged into poverty and left with little hope for the future. His mother struggled to raise her young family in the village of Tienfala, Mali and eight-year-old Diakaridia had to go out and work as a bike mechanic to support his family.

With your Zakat contributions, our teams were able to save Diakaridia from a life of child labour and instead give him an education. We enrolled him at a local school where he now receives the best education as well as free meals and quality healthcare.

Diakaridia’s life has been transformed and he now has dreams, ambitions, and hope for the future. Education is a passport to a brighter future and the sky is now the limit for children like  Diakaridia. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Zakat

The beauty of Zakat is its ability to save lives and change the world we live in forever. 

As Muslims, we believed that Zakat purifies our wealth, not only physically, but also spiritually. It also softens our hearts against selfishness and builds a relationship of consideration and appreciation between the rich and poor. It helps protect some of the neediest communities from hunger, thirst and disease and a life trapped in the cycle of poverty.

We know that calculating your Zakat and getting your head around the basics can be difficult, so we have created a simple illustrated guide. You’ll find answers to some of your most common questions and clarification on the main misconceptions about Zakat.

The Essential Zakat Guide

Q. Who must pay Zakat?

A. Every person who is sane, an adult (reached puberty), Muslim, and sahib-un-nisab must pay Zakat as a duty.

To be a sahib-un-nisab means you possess more wealth than the level of nisab for a period of one lunar year or more.

Q. What is the nisab?

A. The nisab is the minimum value of wealth one must possess in order to pay Zakat. It is defined as the value of 87.5g of pure gold or 625g silver. Most scholars favour the lower value as it means that more people can pay Zakat and therefore there are more beneficiaries.

Q. What type of wealth is Zakat due on?

A. Gold and silver, including ornaments or
jewellery containing gold and/or silver

Cash held at home or in bank accounts

Stocks and shares owned directly or through
investment funds

Money lent to others

Business stock in trade and merchandise

Agricultural produce

Livestock animals such as cows, buffaloes,
goats, sheep, and camels

Produce of mines


Property owned for investment purposes

Q. When should I pay my Zakat?

A. You can pay your Zakat at any time, but many people chose to do so during the month of Ramadan when the reward for our good deeds is multiplied and it is easier to calculate the lunar year.

Q. Can I pay my Zakat in instalments?

A. Yes you can. Simply calculate your Zakat payments, divide this by 12 and set up a regular gift, specifying Zakat as the type of donation.

Q. How much of my donation goes directly to the cause?

A. For more information on our donation policy please see our ‘How Your Money is Spent’ page.

'The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed of grain, which grows seven ears; in each ear is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies His reward for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and all-Knowing.' [Quran 2:261]

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Established in 1996, Muslim Hands SA NPC is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.