Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. This graceful charitable giving represents the unbreakable bond between members of our community, whom Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) described to be “like the organs of the body, such that if one [organ] suffers then the others rally in response.” The Mosque Foundation has been helping thousands of Muslims fulfill this important pillar of Islam, and their Zakat contributions have helped many needy families.
Here you will find brief answers to frequently asked questions about Zakat. These answers are concise, and if you want more explanations, then we encourage you to speak to your Imam. To calculate your Zakat, you’ll also find here our Zakat Calculator. Both the Calculator and the answers to the questions are based on respected Fiqh references, and they were reviewed and approved by Muslim scholars.
When is Zakat due?
What is Nisab?
I really don’t keep track of whether or not I have owned the Nisab for the complete year or when I did precisely. The value of what I own varies throughout the year. What should I do?
What is Zakatable wealth?
Don’t I have to possess the amount of Zakatable wealth for a complete lunar year before I have to pay Zakat on it?
How do I calculate the Zakat I owe?
I loaned a friend $3,000, and it is due in six months, do I have to pay Zakat on this amount?
I have a grocery store, what Zakat do I have to pay?