The third pillar

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Giving Your Zakat

Zakat, meaning to purify, is the third pillar of Islam. It denotes the amount of wealth a Muslim is obligated to pay to particular categories of underprivileged people, if their annual wealth exceeds a specific amount.

Every adult Muslim whose wealth exceeds the value of nisab, must pay Zakat. Those who are eligible to receive Zakat payments are those with very little or no income, those who have just entered Islam, those who are in hardship or debt, stranded travellers, those who are working in the cause of Allah, those who are in bondage and those who administer the Zakat.

At Muslim Hands we take the responsibility of handling Zakat extremely seriously as we understand this is more than just charity, it is worship. With our dedicated Zakat service, you can be sure that your donation will reach those most in need quickly and securely.

On our Zakat pages you will find all the resources you need to calculate your Zakat and to make a decision about what to donate towards. Our projects include providing the thirsty with access to clean water, orphans with an education and the hungry with food and the means to support themselves. Most of our programmes are Zakat eligible so take a look at the many ways you can make your Zakat count with Muslim Hands.

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.

Gold Nisab

R2 751,42

Silver Nisab


Muslim Hands worldwide Zakat Service

We've been distributing Zakat for over 20 years

We've distributed over R1 billion in Zakat

We distribute Zakat in over 30 countries

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 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 installments?

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.

Zakat Projects


Some of the projects your Zakat can support

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Tube Well

R3 500


R10 950

Muslim Hands ZA

Established in 1996, Muslim Hands South Africa 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.