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Introduction to Islam

إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ وَأَقَامُواْ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَءَاتَوُاْ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ لَهُمۡ أَجۡرُهُمۡ عِندَ رَبِّهِمۡ وَلَا خَوۡفٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا هُمۡ يَحۡزَنُونَ 

“Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakat will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.”

Chapter 2, Al-Baqara [277]

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 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 1442 = $5,200


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ZAKAT Assesment and Collection

Conditions for Zakat

1. Zakat Performer


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

2. Zakat Asset


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

Assets that exceed a minimum value

zakat 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 zakat asset. The length of time for haul is one Hijrah year.

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

Zakat Test

  • Do you have $5,200.00 in cash savings?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in stocks?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in gold/silver?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in business worth?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in cattle?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in other assets?
  • Do you have $5,200.00 in total of all of the above?

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

Beneficiaries of Zakat

Recipients of Zakat

There are eight categories of people who are the beneficiaries of zakat 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 التوبة ٦٠

“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 Zakat (Al-A’mileen Aliyah)
  4. Those inclined to Islam (Muallafate-Qulubhum)
  5. Captives seeking freedom (Al-Riqab)
  6. Debtors (Al-Gharimeen)
  7. For the cause of Allah (Fi Sabile Allah)
  8. Wayfarers (Ibn as-Sabil)

Apply for Zakat

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

Payment of Zakat

The zakat 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 zakat than the poor elsewhere. The leadership of the local Muslim community is responsible to collect and distribute the zakat. ZACA will distribute through the Muslim Social Services the zakat to those individuals in the community in the above categories. Zakat can only be sent outside when the zakat has reached surplus over the needs of the local community. Therefore, the correct way to give our zakat is as follows:

  1. Pay zakat on a specific date each Hijrah year, for example: Ramadan 27.
  2. Calculate your zakat or have the ZACA employees or an accountant calculate it.
  3. Make the intention when paying zakat and do not mix zakat with other donations.
  4. Pay your zakat on time and in full to Zakat Assessment and Collection Agency (which is in charge of collecting and distributing zakat in the community).

Types of Zakat

Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat 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 zakat 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.

Zakat al-Mal (on wealth)

Zakat 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 zakat. Nisab is the equivalent value of 3 oz. of gold, which equaled approximately $3,965.00

Zakat Due Date:

Zakat 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 Zakat the previous year.

Are you paying ZAKAT correctly?

Definition: The term Zakat is derived from the Arabic root meaning, “to increase and to purify.”

 3rd Pillar: Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. Allah (s.w.t.) commanded it along with Salat in 82 Ayaat in the Quran. The Prophet (s) commanded it in many of his Hadiths, and the consensus of the scholars of Islam of all times emphasized its obligatory nature.

Calculating Zakat correctly and paying correctly and on time is way to fulfill this obligation, and earn Allah’s great rewards. Many common mistakes can be avoided if we follow the following easy rules:

 Zakat is to be paid annually every lunar year, preferably in Ramadan.

  • Zakat is a fixed percentage (2.5% for cash, gold, and business net worth), (5% for farm products watered artificially), (10% for farm products watered by rain), and (20% for minerals and earth treasures).
  • Zakat must be paid to the Zakat agency in the locality where you live and work.
  • The Zakat cannot be transferred to another location outside the city where someone lives.
  • Zakat must be spent locally to the 8 categories as specified in the Quran (9:60)

Some people may consider the donations and taxes they pay during the year as part of or substitute for paying zakat.  The lack of awareness about the rules governing this obligation, may cause us to fall short of fulfilling its intended purpose. Therefore, the following is not considered payment of zakat, and will require paying again to be considered zakat:

    1. Paying donations during the year to the Masjid or other charitable causes.
    2. Paying taxes to the government.
    3. Sending money to parents and relatives in other cities or overseas.
    4. Sending money to relief organizations.

Allah (s.w.t.) says in Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 177:

“ It is not righteousness to face East or West, but righteousness is to believe in Allah and the Last Day, the angels, the Book and the Prophets, and to give money for His love to your relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, the beggars and to ransom a slave. To establish Salah and pay Zakat, and those who fulfill their promises, and endure with fortitude, hardship and peril, those are true in their faith, and those are the pious.”

 Scholars explain that in the above Ayah, Allah (s.w.t.) made a clear distinction between general sadaqa which is given to one’s relatives, orphans, etc., and the obligation of paying the zakat along with establishing the Salat. Scholars further explain that zakat is the portion of our wealth that belongs to the poor and the needy of our community. We have no right to dispose of it, as we like, rather we must pay it to the Zakat collectors for distribution to its rightful recipients. The evidence is in the following Ayah. Allah (s.w.t.) says while describing the believers in Surah Az~Zariat (51), Ayah 19: “And in their wealth there is a legal claim for the needy who asked and the deprived.” Therefore, it is not justifiable to send our zakat outside when there are families in need and deprived right here in our community. 

 Who Collects and distributes Zakat?

On page 76 of his famous book, FIQH us~SUNNAH, volume III, As~Sayyid Sabiq reports that: “The Messenger of Allah used to send his authorized agents to collect zakat. He would then distribute it among the deserving people. Abu Bakr and Umar did the same.” Some people may argue that the leaders today are not as good as Abu Bakr and Umar, and question whether zakat should be collected by them. The Prophet (s) answered this question in the Hadith related by Bukhari and Muslim. Ibn Mas’ud reported that the Prophet (s) said: “After me, there will be selfishness and you will deny obligations.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah! What do you command us to do?” He answered: “Pay the due which is upon you and ask Allah what is right for you.”

 Transfer of Zakat:

The jurists stressed that zakat should be paid in the city where one lives and works. Only in extreme condition can the leaders transfer the zakat to another city after making sure there is surplus over the local need. Based on the following Hadith:

‘Amr ibn Shu’aib reported that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, appointed Mu’az ibn Jabal to a position in Yemen where he remained until after the death of the Prophet(s). Mu’az came back during the time of ‘Umar who reappointed him back to Yemen. Mu’az sent to ‘Umar one-third of the zakat collected in Yemen. ‘Umar turned it back and said: “I did not appoint you to go there as a tax collector or jizyah collector. I appointed you to collect zakat from the rich and then pay it to the poor.” Mu’az replied: “I would not have sent you anything if I had found someone deserving over here.”

Here are the positions of the four Mazahib.

  • The Shaf’i mazhab holds that transferring Zakat is not allowed (Not Ja’eiz).
  • Imam Malik holds that transferring of Zakat is not allowed (Not Ja’eiz).
  • The Hanbali mazhab holds transferring of Zakat as not allowed (Not Ja’eiz).
  • The Hanafi mazhab holds that transferring Zakat is disliked (Makruh).


  • Zakat is an obligation like Salah that must be fulfilled by every Muslim who has Nisab of zakat
  • For Zakat to be accepted, the Muslim should make the intention (Neyyah)
  • Calculate what is due properly each year

 May Allah (s.w.t.) accept your Zakat

Zakat Calculation Form

This form is provided to calculate due Zakat based on income. To Pay ZAKAT, please click on the "Pay Zakat" button to be directed to payment processing
Enter the total value of all bank accounts (checking, savings, etc.), cash stored at home or in a safe deposit box, and any other cash on hand
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Stocks and Investments
Enter the total value of your portfolio in all accounts: brokerage, IRA, SEP IRA, 401K, 403B, Etc. Note: Loans, bonds, futures, options total values should be included.
Stocks and Investments
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Gold and Silver
Enter the total value of any gold or silver owned and stored for value appreciation. Exclude jewelry for personal use.
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Enter the total net value of your business, i.e. (Assets - Liabilities). Your accountant can provide this information.
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Real Estate
Enter the total value of all real estate owned (lands, houses, etc.), Exclude your primary home where you live.
Real Estate
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Salaries and Bonuses
Enter the amount of net (after-tax) salary and bonuses earned in the past 12 months.
Salaries and Bonuses
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IF the total is less than $5,200, then there is no Zakat Due
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Zakat Amount
Zakat amount is based on 2.5% of the total
Zakat Amount$0.00
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