How to calculate Zakat and maximise its impact with UKC4C

Published: March 10, 2024
A refugee girl in Lebanon receives a food parcel as part of UKC4C Ramadan charity distribution program

Zakat, a fundamental pillar of Islam, is not just a form of charity but a duty for Muslims worldwide. It’s a means to purify one’s wealth, support those in need, and ensure a balanced distribution of resources within the community.

In this blog, we will help you understand your Zakat obligations, the impact it can create, and how British charities like UK Care for Children (UKC4C) play a pivotal role in ensuring your contributions make a meaningful difference.

The Significance of Zakat

Zakat is mandated to be 2.5% of a Muslim’s savings and wealth over a lunar year, provided their total wealth exceeds a certain threshold, known as Nisab.

In other words, paying Zakat is obligatory for any Muslim with more wealth than the Nisab – roughly £372 (at the time of writing).

Giving Zakat is not only about providing financial aid to the needy; it’s a spiritual act that purifies the giver’s wealth, fosters a sense of empathy, and strengthens community bonds. By redistributing wealth, Zakat plays a vital role in alleviating poverty and supporting those who are most vulnerable.

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Calculating Zakat

Zakat is due on all your assets—anything that can be classed as wealth. This includes obvious things such as gold and silver you own, cash you have at home or in your savings account, and money owed to you that you believe will be repaid.

But in today’s diverse financial landscape, calculating Zakat must include other forms of wealth that might get overlooked at first glance. Zakat is payable on, among other things,

  • Digital assets and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Solana, etc
  • Investments and holdings in stocks, ETFs or investment wrappers such as Stocks & Shares ISA
  • With mandatory autoenrollment in to pensions in the UK, that pension pot is also counted as wealth and should be included in your Zakat calculations

While calculating your Zakat accurately may seem like a daunting task, you can use our Zakat Calculator to work out your Zakat obligations easily, correctly and in accordance with Islamic principles.

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Why Choose UKC4C for Your Zakat?

UKC4C is dedicated to making a tangible impact on the lives of children and families in need. By directing your Zakat through UKC4C, you’re not just fulfilling a religious obligation; you’re contributing to a cause that provides essential support in areas such as education, healthcare, and emergency relief. Your Zakat can help transform lives, offering hope and opportunities to those in dire circumstances.

Contributions made during Ramadan can significantly amplify the impact of your Zakat – both in how it helps Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, but doubly so as rewards for good actions are multiplied in Ramadan.

Visit our Ramadan Campaign page, to see how your Zakat can provide food packages, educational support, and healthcare services, directly benefiting those who need it most.

Zakat is a powerful tool for social change, embodying the principles of empathy, generosity, and communal support. By choosing UKC4C as your Zakat delivery partner, you ensure that your contribution is used effectively to make a real difference in the lives of those in need.

Calculate your Zakat today using UKC4C Zakat calculator and take a step towards fulfilling this vital Islamic duty while making a lasting impact on the world.

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