Zakah is a crucial pillar of Islam. It is a major teaching that raises awareness about the importance of helping those most vulnerable. It is the manifestation of ultimate selflessness, generosity, and social reformation. it is a cleansing process of the heart from greed and misery. Zakah is not just a charitable act; it is rather a duty where every Muslim has to give from their yearly earnings to the poor.
Pay your Zakah to Yemen today.
The literal meaning of Zakah is ‘to cleanse’ or ‘purification’. In the Islamic faith, Zakah means purifying your wealth for the will of Allah SWT and to work on the improvement of the Muslims Ummah.
To be liable to pay Zakah, one’s wealth must amount to more than a threshold figure (after living costs, expenses etc). This is called Nisaab and is the point at which Zakah becomes payable. As Muslims we must pay 2.5% of Nisaab for Zakah. This amount is then distributed to the poor and needy.
The people of Yemen need your support
With your donations and support, it gives us the chance to provide financial aid to the poor and needy who have lost everything due to war and the health crisis.
The Holly Quran mentions 8 Channels of spending 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. “[9:60].
Here is a brief description of each of these recipients:
1. The poor
Those who have lesser money than the amount on which Zakah is payable
2. The needy
Those who have no earnings at all
3. Reconciliation of hearts
Applies to those who have embraced Islam or who are inclined to it.
4. Those in debt
Zakah may be used to pay off debts, so long as these debts were not incurred in an act contrary to Islamic law.
5. For those who are slaves
Zakah may be allocated to help Muslims free themselves from slavery.
6. In the Cause of Allah
Promoting the Islamic value system
7. The traveller
A traveller who has left their home and does not possess enough money to return.
8. Administrators of Zakah
All those serving in the field of Zakah, including collecting, storing, guarding, registering and distributing Zakah.
The first 2 beneficiaries of Zakah mentioned in the Quran are the Poor and the Needy, both of which SABA Relief are providing for. The situation in Yemen has been called the “World’s worst humanitarian crisis” by Mark Lowcock (OCHA).