During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims purify themselves in many ways. We purify our minds of ill thoughts. We purify the body of bad foods; and during this month many of us purify our money by donating 2.5% of our wealth in the name of Allah, better known as giving Zakah.
The principles of calculating Zakah are very strict and Muslims do their utmost to stick to these, and the criteria for receiving Zakah, is just as, if not more strict.
The Qur’an (Surah 9, Verse 60) mentions who is eligible for Zakah:
“Zakah expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy’ and for those employed to collect [Zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise.”
The classical interpretation of this ayah of the Qur’an is as follows:
1. The Poor – Those who have no income
2. The Needy – Those that have an income, but is below minimum requirement
3. Employees of zakah – Those who identify the destitute and handle the Zakah
4. Sympathisers – Those who may enter or have entered in the fold of Al-Islam
5. To free slaves
6. To relieve those in hardship under debt
7. For the cause of Allah Az’Wajjal
Most people rely on their community leaders and those with Islamic knowledge to determine how their Zakah is distributed.
This year, why don’t you take this responsibility upon yourself and decide how your Zakah is distributed?
MPACUK is an organisation that strives towards educating and uniting the Ummah, to protect itself and fight injustice and oppression all across the globe. Our volunteers meet every week and take on many different activities to educate Muslims across the UK, and further away via the internet, about the importance of working together to defend and protect the Ummah.
We only do this for the sake of Allah.
Over the years our teams have led, and been involved in, many campaigns to defend the Muslim community.
Alhamdulillah (Praise be to Allah) we have had many successes in tackling the issues our community faces in these testing times (see here for more about our successes).
Insha’allah (God Willing) we will have many more successes – but we can only continue our work of fighting for and defending the Ummah, with the support and donations we get from you.
MPACUK fall under point 7 ‘for the cause of Allah Az’Wajjal’, for the eligibility of Zakah . All the work we do is done in the name of Allah and for the sake of Allah.
‘A principle of jurisprudence states: if a thing which has been considered obligatory cannot be fulfilled without fulfilling another, then fulfilling the latter also becomes obligatory. Thus since protecting the rights of Muslims and empowering Muslims cannot be achieved without such institutions, it is imperative that Muslims support and maintain such institutions. Muslims should have no hesitation in giving part of their Zakah to Islamic Organisations which is providing a most timely and essential service for the cause of Islam and Muslims.’
Shaykh Ahmad Kutty, Canada
We hope you will continue to support us and our work through your kind donations.
Why not take a few minutes to donate all or a share of your Zakah to MPACUK, and know that you have taken responsibility for distributing your own Zakah, for the sake of Allah.
To donate, please follow this link – www.mpacuk.org/donations