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20 April 2018

Going from Post to Pillar

As a pillar of Islam, Zakat has enormous transformative potential. But it remains untapped and it’s about time we let it make a comeback. After all, our future depends on it. Most of us limit our understanding of the pillars of Islam as being individual, ritual obligations. As long as we bear witness to God and…

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9 March 2018

Multi-dimensional: on the different uses of Zakat

Whilst walking down Whitechapel Road during Ramadan, it was hard not to notice the sheer number of adverts by Muslim charities, attracting Zakat payments. And almost without exception, the adverts featured a miserable but endearing child, dressed in rags, with large deer-like eyes, inviting warmth and sympathy from beholders. In doing so, the link between…

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22 June 2016

What is a Zakat anniversary?

A Zakat anniversary is just like any other anniversary in the sense that it is a fixed date in the calendar to mark a significant date or milestone. More specifically, a Zakat anniversary is marked in the Islamic calendar as opposed to the Gregorian calendar. What difference does that make? If your Zakat anniversary is on…

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15 June 2016

Where should Zakat be distributed?

It is preferred to give Zakat locally if deserving recipients exist. This is based in part on the instruction that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) gave to his companion, Mu’adh, who was sent to spread the message of Islam in Yemen, “O Mu’adh! Inform them that Allah makes Zakat obligatory for them….

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