Use our calculator to easily work out how much Zakat you need to pay.
Questions about Zakat
What is Zakat (or Zakah)?
Zakat is one of the core pillars of Islam and its reward, along with all other good acts, is multiplied during the blessed month of Ramadan.
Giving Zakat each year is a duty on every Muslim, as opposed to an act of charity.
Do I have to pay Zakat?
Zakat is compulsory for all Muslims who have ‘surplus’ wealth beyond the Nisab (threshold).
“Surplus” wealth is money and assets that are, for all intents and purposes, sitting idle, for a full lunar year. The house you live in, the car you drive everyday, or the factory you own that is used for manufacturing, for example, are not “surplus” assets.
If your surplus wealth is more than the Nisab theshold, you must pay 2.5% of your surplus wealth as Zakat.
What is the Nisab? What is today's Nisab rate?
Nisab, the threshold above which Zakat is compulsory on you, is the monetary value of 612.36 grams of Silver.
An alternative way to calculate the Nisab, is to base it on the monetary value of 87.48 grams of gold. Using the Gold Nisab reduces the amount of Zakat that is collected and distributed to the poor, and so, it is recommended to use the Silver Nisab instead.
Today’s Silver Nisab value is shown at the top of this page.
Is Zakat the same as Zakat ul maal?
Zakat ul-maal (or Zakatul Maal) refers to the “Zakat on Wealth”, which is Zakat, the fifth pillar of Islam.
Is Zakat the same as Zakat-ul-Fitr or Fitrana?
No, they are different.
While Zakat is 2.5% of your wealth, Zakat-ul-Fitr (or Fitrana) is a fixed amount for all Muslims.
Zakat-ul-Fitr refers to the charity given at the end of Ramadan’s last day of fasting. It is compulsory for every Muslim to give Zakat-ul-Fitr before Eid Salah.
For 2021, Zakat-al-Fitr is £5, for every Muslim – adults and children – regardless of personal wealth.
What's the difference between Zakat and Sadaqah?
Zakat is a compulsory duty, think of it as tax.
Sadaqah in an optional, charitable act.
Paying Zakat is akin to paying Tax – it must be done and should not be considered as giving charity.