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Throughout the year and most particularly during the month of Ramadan, IDRF receives generous contributions designated as Zakat. Zakat is the Islamic welfare contribution for vulnerable people in need. It is obligatory upon the Muslim community not just to collect Zakat but to distribute it according to the guidelines set out in the Qur’an. Some of the world’s most vulnerable people are in need of basic support so that they can live with dignity, Zakat helps them. Zakat helps save lives and rebuild communities.
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In 2023, IDRF’s Zakat projects are numerous, and include water, food security and emergency responses around the world. With your donations, IDRF is able to implement numerous projects such as water, food security, and emergency responses around the world. At IDRF we believe that Zakat saves lives and builds communities. Some of the world’s most vulnerable people are in need of basic support, so that they can live with dignity. Zakat helps them.
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Ibn ‘Abbaas said,
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ made Zakat al-Fitr obligatory as a means of purifying the fasting person from idle talk and foul language, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the prayer, it is an accepted zakah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is just a kind of charity (sadaqah).
All About Zakat
What is Zakat?
Zakat is a sacred obligation of every able Muslim and one of the Five Pillars of Islam, rooted in the principles of compassion and justice. It is a powerful form of charity that requires Muslims with wealth to donate a portion of it to those in need, including orphans, individuals in debt, those who are stranded during travel, and those who live in poverty. By honoring the responsibility to serve those who are less fortunate, Muslims demonstrate their devotion and connection to Allah.
Why give Zakat
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ shares that Zakat is an opportunity for us to help those who are less fortunate, and to show our gratitude to Allah SWT for the blessings we have been given. By fulfilling our duty, we can bring hope and dignity to vulnerable communities across the world.
What is Zakat-al-fitr?
Zakat al Fitr, otherwise known as Fitrah, or Fitrana, Muslims are reminded of their duty to give back to society, and to pay Zakat al-Fitr, a mandatory donation that must be made before the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. This sacred act requires Muslims who have excess food to offer a small handful of it to those who are in need during the holy month of Ramadan. Read more about Zakat al Fitr here.
How much Zakat do I need to give?
In Canada, Zakat is calculated based on one’s annual income and assets. The minimum amount for those who qualify is 2.5% or 1/40 of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth. There are many nuances to it. however we’ve made it easy for you to calculate. Calculate your zakat here.
As we live in a privileged society in Canada, it is important for us to remember those who are less fortunate and to contribute towards their well-being.
We urge you to fulfill this religious duty with IDRF and make a meaningful impact in the lives of vulnerable communities. Your donation can provide much-needed support and assistance to individuals living in poverty, individuals living within debt, orphans, and individuals stranded during travel.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to donate during Ramadan in 2023. Your donation can help save lives and build communities, and bring you closer to Allah SWT. Let us come together as an Ummah and fulfill our religious obligation with sincerity and compassion.