What is Zakat?

The beloved Messenger of Allah (saw) affirmed the importance of Zakat in a famous Hadith, in which Jibril questions Him about Islam and He (saw) responds:

“Islam is to testify that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to pay Zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make pilgrimage to Makkah if you are able to do so.” [Sahih]

We recognise Zakat as the third pillar of Islam and one of the foundations for living a prosperous and meaningful life. But even though giving Zakat is our Muslim duty, this first and foremost compulsory act of worship doesn’t just change the life of the receiver of Zakat or society in general, but also has a significant impact on the life of the giver.

Therefore, one should always remember that the paying of Zakat is primarily for one’s own self.

Our Zakat Projects

All our projects are Zakat eligible. In the last 6 years, we have saved the lives of thousands of vulnerable, elderly men and women across Pakistan through our free medical treatment and sponsorship programmes.

The Impact of Your Zakat Donations

This is Mrs Munawar Jan, one of our beloved grandparents. At the age of 80, Munawar Jan is still active and self-reliant. She cooks, cleans and takes care of all her domestic needs. However, her health could deteriorate rapidly without the medical treatment she so desperately needs. And, although she is a boisterous woman now, Mrs Munawar, who is also the mother of three children, has endured a life of domestic abuse, hardship and loneliness.

When Mrs Munawar came to Zohra Foundation, our medical staff diagnosed her with cardiovascular disorder, psychosis and a serious skin disease. She could have never afforded her expensive treatment without the help of your Zakat donations, which allowed Zohra to procure the urgently needed medication for our grandma and offer her a new life of dignity.

Zakat Rules and FAQs

Please visit our page on the ruleson calculating and paying Zakat.