Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. The word Zakat means purification and growth. Quran promotes feeding hungry people and helping the poor. Since, the month of Ramadan is termed as the very month of forgiveness, blessings, helping others, prayers and thanks giving. Zakat is an activity connected with prayer and compassion towards the poor people. Allah says that provide Zakat with prayers and it will make you and the receiver blessed.
Conditions for Zakat Giving
If you are possessing property in excess of a minimum exemption limit, you must give Zakat to the needy. Another term is that if your wealth equal to or in surplus of Nisab in the beginning and at the end of the lunar year, you must give Zakat. At the same time, at the end of the lunar year if the wealth is less than the Nisab, it is not necessary to give Zakat.
It says that Zakat is due on all the gold and silver ornaments, jewellery. All bank deposits and provident fund will fall under the Zakat giving. It is also said that if one has agriculture land irrigated by rain water or by natural water channels or if the land is wet due to a nearby water channel, the yield of the land must be provided as Zakat. Zakat is obligatory on goats, sheep, cows, buffaloes and camels which graze on wild grass, plant leaves and on some feed, now and then given by the owner, and on the above animals meant for sale.
Do Not Give Zakat to these People.
To a person who owns minimum 7 1/2 tolas of gold or 52 1/2 tolas of silver or equivalent wealth in cash, kind or in trade goods.
• To one’s mother, father, paternal and maternal grand-parents, great grand-parents, etc.
• To one’s offspring-sons, daughters, grand-children, great grand-children, etc.
• to spouse
• To other relatives such as brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc.
• To Sayyeds(descendants of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh).
• To domestic or other servants as wages.
• Zakat cannot be given for repairing or maintenance of mosque.
• Do not pay Zakat to meet the funeral expenses.