Conditions for Zakah

1. Zakah Performer


Every Muslim who has attained the age of puberty (bolough) and owns enough assets is required to pay zakah.

2. Zakah Asset


A Muslim will only be required to pay zakah if he or she has legal ownership of an asset.

Assets that exceed a minimum value

Zakah is to be paid on assets that exceed the market price of 3 oz. of gold. (Nisab)

Completion of Haul

Haul is defined as the completion period for a zakah asset. The length of time for haul is one Hijrah year.

Once these conditions are met the payment of zakah becomes an obligation for a Muslim. 

Zakah Test

  • Do you have $3,965.00 in cash savings?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in stocks?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in gold/silver?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in business worth?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in cattle?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in other assets?
  • Do you have $3,965.00 in total of all of the above?

If you answered yes to ANY of the above questions then you should pay zakah.

Beneficiaries of Zakah


Recipients of Zakah

There are eight categories of people who are the beneficiaries of zakah which are mentioned in the Qur’an in Surat Al-Tawbah – Ayah 60.

 إِنَّمَا ٱلصَّدَقَـٰتُ لِلۡفُقَرَآءِ وَٱلۡمَسَـٰكِينِ وَٱلۡعَـٰمِلِينَ عَلَيۡہَا وَٱلۡمُؤَلَّفَةِ قُلُوبُہُمۡ وَفِى ٱلرِّقَابِ وَٱلۡغَـٰرِمِينَ وَفِى سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَٱبۡنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ‌ۖ فَرِيضَةً۬ مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَڪِيمٌ۬

“As-Sadaqât (here it means Zakât) are only for the Fuqarâ’ (poor), and Al-Masâkin (the Needy) and the administrators; and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islâm); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allâh’s Cause, and for the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allâh. And Allâh is All-Knowing, All-Wise.” 

  1. The Poor (al-Fuqura’)
  2. The Needy (al-Masakin)
  3. Administrators of Zakah (al-A’mileen)
  4. Those inclined to Islam (Muallaf)
  5. Captives seeking freedom (Riqab)
  6. Debtors (al-gharimeen)
  7. For the cause of Allah (fi sabil lillah)
  8. Wayfarers (ibn as-sabil)

Apply for Zakah

To apply for Zakah assistance please contact the Imam of your Masjid to complete the application process.

Payment of Zakah

The zakah is to be paid locally to the Muslim community where the individual lives and earns his or her income. According to the scholars, the poor of this city have a prior claim over local zakah than the poor elsewhere. The leadership of the local Muslim community is responsible to collect and distribute the zakah. The Zakah Committee will distribute zakah to those individuals in Central Florida in the above categories. Zakah can only be sent outside when the Zakah Committee has surplus over the needs of the local community. Therefore, the correct way to give our zakah is as follows:

  1. Pay zakah on a specific date each Hijrah year, for example: Ramadan 27.
  2. Calculate your zakah or have the Zakah Committee or an accountant calculate it.
  3. Make the intention when paying zakah and do not mix zakah with other donations.
  4. Pay your zakah on time and in full to the Zakah Committee (which is in charge of collecting and distributing zakah in Central Florida.)

Types of Zakah

Zakah al-Fitr

Zakah al-Fitr is an obligatory charity on every Muslim regardless of their age, status or wealth. It has to be paid by the end of Ramadan or on the day of Eid before the Eid prayer. The head of the household may pay the required amount for all other family members (including an unborn baby). The amount of zakah payable is approximately 5 lb. of staple food in the relevant country or an amount of money that is equivalent to the price of the food. The dollar amount is approximately $10.00 per person.

Zakah al-Mal (on wealth)

Zakah al-Mal is a cyclic charity based on the amount of wealth owned by a Muslim individual or organization. This payment is obligatory upon any Muslim individual or organization that has completed the requirement of nisab and haul (one hijrah calendar year). The payment is 2.5% out of the total wealth deemed for zakah. Nisab is the equivalent value of 3 oz. of gold, which equaled approximately $3,965.00

Zakah Due Date:

Zakah becomes due immediately one year from:

  1. The first day you acquired nisab (minimum Zakatable amount) for the first time.
  2. Same day each Ramadan, (ex. Ramadan 27.)
  3. The Hijri date you paid Zakah the previous year.
The Zakat Assessment & Collection Agency (ZACA) assists our community members with the proper practice of the 3rd pillar of Islam, a very important ibada (act of worship).  ZACA conducts educational seminars on Zakat, correct calculation methods, where Zakat should be paid, different types of Zakat, and much more.  ZACA provides consultation for proper calculation and payment of your Zakat, and is also responsible for collecting Zakat for the Muslims in the Central Florida community.  A calculation worksheet is available below and in the ZACA brochure for your convenience.  Should you have a complex case with a variety of assets and other conditions, you can make an appointment and a qualified Imam will be happy to assist you.  Zakat is the third pillar of Islam, it is mentioned 82 times in the Quran along with Salat.  
The minimum amount subject to Zakat (Nisab Value) for Ramadan 1440 = $3,965.00
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