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Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It has been
mentioned, along with daily Prayers (Salaat), over seventy times in the Qur'an.
Allah's word commanding "........and establish regular Salaat and give
regular Zakat......." are referred to in many parts of the Qur'an.
From this we can conclude that after Salaat, Zakat is the most important act in
Just as Salaat is the most important act of worship
which has to be performed bodily, so is Zakat the main act of worship which has
to be performed monetarily. Those who fulfill this duty have been promised
abundant reward in this world and hereafter. Whoever evades Zakat has been
sternly warned in the Qur'an and Hadith of the consequences.
Linguistically, Zakat has two meanings: purification
and growth. Technically, it means to purify one's possession of wealth by
distributing a prescribed amount to the poor, the indigent, the slaves or
captives, and the wayfarer.
Some benefits of giving Zakat:
· It reminds Muslims of the fact that whatever wealth they
may possess is due to the blessings of Allah and as such it is to be spent
according to the His commands.
· Zakat functions as a social security for all. Those who
have enough money today pay for what they have. If they need money tomorrow
they will get what is necessary to help them live decently.
· Zakat payer pays his dues to Allah as an act of worship, a
token of submission and an acknowledgment of gratitude. The receiver of Zakat
receives it as a grant from Allah out of His bounty, a favor for which he is
thankful to Allah.
· Economically, Zakat is the best check against hoarding.
Those who do not invest their wealth but prefer to save or hoard it would see
their wealth dwindling year after year at the rate of the payable Zakat. This
helps increase production and stimulates supply because it is a redistribution
of income that enhances the demand by putting more real purchasing power in the
hands of poor.
At JTQ, we utilise your Zakat contribution primarily towards
the education programs for the needy students. All Zakat contributions are
strictly recorded and retained in a separate account. Any disbursement from
this fund is strictly in accordance with the Sharia and whenever in doubt, we
seek guidance from the Ulema.
The beneficiaries of the Zakat fund have so far been the
needy and orphan children at Tahfidh Quran (Boarding expenses only as the
Taalim is FREE), fees bursary and boarding expenses at Taqwa Technical Centre
as well as some contribution towards the Darul Ulum Secondary Students.
Over the past few years, the zakat collections have reduced
tremendously and we urge you to consider JTQ for your contribution. Kindly
specify that these are Zakat funds so that we may handle them appropriately.
For more guidance on calculating your zakat dues, please
seek the assistance of the Ulema.
"The parable of those
who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn. It grows
seven ears and each ear has hundred grains. Allah increases manifold to whom He
pleases." (Qur'an 2:261)
should be given as soon as possible
after it becomes due.
2. All of the Zakaat can be given to one person or to
3. A poor man cannot be paid for his work from Zakaat nor
can Zakaat be given in payment of services, except to the people appointed by
the Islamic government to collect Zakaat.
4. Zakaat will only be valid if the recipient is made the
owner of that amount. If, for example, a few needy persons are fed a meal from
Zakaat money, then Zakaat will not be fulfilled as they were not made owners of
5. Zakaat cannot be given for the construction of Masjid,
Madrasah, Hospital, a well, a bridge or any other public amenity.
6. Zakaat can be paid in kind from the same merchandise on
which it is due, or alternatively, it could be paid in cash .
The recipients of Zakaat, according
to Qur'an are as follows:
"Alms are for the poor
and the needy, and those employed to administer (the funds); for those whose
hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to truth); for those in bondage and in
debt; and for the wayfarer: (Thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full
of Knowledge and Wisdom." (Qur'an 9:60)
the Almighty guide us in giving out our dues as appropriate, Ameen.
Please Donate Generously
JTQ relies on well-wishers to provide the funds which help run and or subsidise
the various institutions and
projects. Being an Islamic Charity,
we recognise that Muslims wish
to channel their Saddaqah and
Zakat through us to the needy
and less fortunate members of
society. We ensure that we maintain
the funds for Zakat and Saddaqah
in separate accounts. The funds
are utilised strictly in accordance
to the Islamic Jurisprudence.
We mostly operate in financial
hardship areas and with less
fortunate members so every penny
we get is very much appreciated
and put to the best use possible.
the men who give as sadaqah
and the women who give as sadaqah
(all of them) are lending a
goodly loan to Allah; the return
for them will be increased;
and for them shall be an exquisite
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