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Zakat and Sadaqah

January 7, 2016

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and requires all followers of the faith to donate 2.5% of their personal wealth to help others in need every year. Muslims believe all things belong to Allah and personal wealth is granted by Allah, and held in trust by us during our lifetime. The virtues of Zakat are innumerable, it essentially means of growth and purification, and is a means of purifying our wealth and our hearts in the way prayer purifies our souls. The zakat is the counterbalance to greed and selfishness, and a mercy for the poor and destitute as it liberates them for the humiliation of begging. It transforms lives and its potential to alleviate the poverty is significant. The zakat is firstly preferable to give to one’s relatives over those who are not, if they are eligible since Islam places a great emphasis on maintaining family ties, but great care needs to be taken as to whether one’s relatives remain eligible, since their wealth could have grown taking them over the threshold of ‘Nisab.’ Islam is strict as to the categories on whom the zakat can be spent.

Zakat – donate 2.5% of personal wealth every year to the poor!

As Muslims, it is compulsory for us to donate 2.5% of our personal wealth to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. One has to make sure that we have enough money for our private outgoings, including enough money to look after our own family. Zakat is only paid on assets exceeding a minimum threshold or Nisab. The Zakat threshold or Nisab is calculated according to strict measures used to value gold and silver at the time of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). TheNisab is the exemption limit for the payment of Zakat. In other words, it is the amount which savings or capital or product must exceed in order for the Muslim owner to be obliged to give zakat. Nisab amount calculated based on the cost of 84.9 grams of gold and 592.9 grams of silver. Please remember that you can pay your Zakat at any time during the year, and you can also set up a direct debit to pay your Zakat in monthly installments between now and next year. However, many people choose to pay within the month of Ramadan every year for the extra blessings and so they don’t forget to pay each lunar year.

Please click on DONATE NOW link and set up your monthly recurring donation or one time donation.

Most of CFAT projects are eligible for Zakat money!

Please donate your Zakat generously to CFAT as we will spend your donations on Zakat eligible projects only that benefit the poor, orphans, widows and other destitute people. If the donor identifies the project that is listed on our website and wishes to spend on that project we ensure that the donations will be spent according to their wishes. When requested we will also ensure that we send pictures of the project implementation to the donors so that it gives them a peace of mind.

Sadaqah (Continuous Charity): Donate Sadaqah throughout the year!

Sadaqah is an Islamic term that means voluntary charity – such as a charitable act, charitable giving with the intention of seeking the pleasure of Allah. CFAT accepts Sadaqah funds and uses on various projects. For those who want to donate Sadaqah but don’t want to specify a project, they can give Sadaqah and CFAT will utilize properly and distribute your Sadaqah to people in extreme poverty in the form of cash, food (cooked, dry ration, meat), drinking water, clothing, scholarship support, medical assistance to the patients, support to schools, supporting to charity hospitals.

“If a human dies, then his good deeds stop except for three: a SadaqaJariyah (continuous charity), a beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” – Sahih Muslim

Your SadaqaJariyah could help many deserving people change their lives for good, and in return you continue getting the reward as long as the poor people continue benefits from your donation through good education, medical aid and livelihood programs. CFAT strongly believe in helping people earn a decent living and become financially independent and self-sufficient, instead of providing them perpetual assistance. Then they don’t have to be provided with charity for food, medicines, shelter, clothing etc.

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