Kindness in Zakat
Islam has made kindness, through Zakat, binding upon all those who embrace the faith. As one of the pillars of Islam, Zakat is a system to redistribute the wealth of the Muslims, thus increasing the flow of cash in the economy with a particular interest in the poor and the dispossessed Muslims.
Zakat is one way to show our gratitude to God, in return for the many bounties we have been blessed with. Zakat is a positive instrument in our life that shapes our soul towards feeling a deeper concern for our fellow men.
The literal meaning of the Arabic word Zakat means grow (in goodness) or purifying. The act of giving Zakat is purifying one’s wealth to gain God’s blessings for the wealth to grow in goodness.
With the vision of the best community (khaira ummah), Zakat is the major economic means that brings the Muslim society towards prosperity, security, and social justice.
Benefits of Zakat
- Purifies our soul from miserliness
- Leads us towards earning the pleasure of God
- Multiplies and purifies our existing wealth
- Promotes social well-being and welfare
- Improves the standard of living for the Muslim community
When to Perform Zakat
There are several conditions that should be observed for Zakat to be performed by an individual:
- Zakat is only applicable to the Muslim
- Zakat is applied only on wealth fully owned by the Muslim
- The wealth at any point in time (of the Hijrah year) must reach Nisab – an equivalent to the market value of 86 grams of gold
- The wealth above Nisab must be with the person for at least one (1) Hijrah year
Zakat on Business
In addition to the above conditions, the following are additional terms for Zakat to be applied on businesses:
- Compulsory for Halal assets only
- Compulsory for productive assets
- Intention to perform business (Urud at-Tijarah)
Zakat in Ramadhan
Zakat for our Fellow Men
Zakat is a blessing to both the giver and the receiver. Your contribution of Zakat has helped Darul Arqam to spread a better awareness and understanding of Islam through courses, lectures, media, and many other programmes.
Darul Arqam continues to uphold the trust to fulfil the rights and responsibilities of the distribution of Zakat to provide the necessities for the eight (8) groups (Asnaf) as mentioned in the Quran accordingly.
Who are the recipients of Zakat within the 8 Asnaf?
Muallaf are those whose hearts are inclined towards Islam. Upon conversion, the Muallaf receives a copy of the Quran, prayer materials, books and other publications on Islam. Comprehensive programmes are instituted to provide for their continued spiritual development and progress. The religious teachers engaged by Darul Arqam Singapore are instrumental to the Muallaf’s educational, religious and spiritual development in Islam. Educational activities such as mosque visits and usrah sessions (group discussions) serve to strengthen bonds with Islamic brethren. Funds for Muallaf are also channelled towards the printing of materials to propagate the teachings of Islam, which are distributed free.
A fakir is one who has neither material possessions nor means of livelihood.
A miskin is one with insufficient means of livelihood to meet basic needs. Funds are disbursed to deserving poor & needy for daily household expenses, schooling needs and other geriatric requirements.
4) Gharimin 5) Riqab 6) Ibnussabil
Gharimin, Ibnissabil and Riqab refer to those who are in debt, the wayfarer and those in bondage.
The literal meaning of Fisabilillah is “in the way of Allah” or “for the sake of Allah”. In Darul Arqam Singapore, these are expressed through our education programmes in our effort to strive in the cause of Allah for ones spiritual betterment.
Darul Arqam Singapore strives to promote Islam through da’wah:
- Training suitable candidates locally and abroad to better prepare and build on the pool of qualified da’i (those who invite towards understanding the message of Islam)
- Providing religious classes at various level and languages
- Organising talks and lectures by eminent Muslims and scholars from the world over
- Publishing books and periodicals on Islam
“Propagate my teaching even if it is only one sentence,” says Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Guided by this hadith, we strive to promote continuous guidance and support to new converts and Muslim at large.
Amil is the category for administrators of Zakat. Besides collection, the administration and disbursement of Zakat are also an important duty carried out by Darul Arqam Singapore. Regular reviews by the management and strict conformity to procedures are ensured to maintain excellence and effective outreach using Zakat funds.
The foundation of a Muslim is embedded in the five pillars of Islam. One of these pillars, Zakat, carries benefits that go beyond the spiritual enrichment of the individual self. It ripples through the surrounding of the Muslim by directly contributing to the financial welfare of the community.
Islam has paved an easy way for us to fulfill our Zakat obligations, even for those of us who know so little about it. However, if we were to continue paying, or receiving, Zakat without learning of its history, mechanics, and significances, we could miss out on the optimal experience in fulfilling our third pillar of Islam.
This book is meant to help develop deeper understanding amongst Converts about the wisdom within Zakat. Using concise facts, as well as step-by-step demonstrations to calculate Zakat, this publication serves as a compact reference guide suitable for everyone – non-Muslims, born-Muslims, or Converts; new students or advanced learners of Islam.
With the publication of this book, it is hoped that the efforts to further knowledge on Zakat would flourish. God-willing, this encourages more readers to share the information herein and holistically embrace this blessed system through the guidance and mercy of God. .
How Can I Pay My Zakat?
You may pay your Zakat at our Zakat Collection Counter which will be opened from 9.30am to 9.00pm daily in the month of Ramadhan. Or you may also download the Zakat/Donation Form here and send it to us.