Zakat Q&A for Humanity-Increased

Zakat Al Mal is a form of worship that allows us to give back from the blessings Allah has provided. With 100% of your Zakat directed towards Humanity-Increased, you’re ensuring your contributions make a meaningful difference. Below, you’ll find frequently asked questions about Zakat.


What is Zakat?

Zakat is a mandatory charitable obligation for eligible Muslims, based on their accumulated wealth over a lunar year. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, purifying one’s wealth and aiding those in need.

Who is eligible to pay Zakat?

Eligible Muslims with wealth above the Nisab threshold, held for a lunar year, are required to pay Zakat.

What is the purpose of Zakat?

Zakat purifies one’s wealth, promotes social justice, and assists the underprivileged.

Who can receive Zakat?

Zakat recipients include the poor, needy, orphans, widows, and the disabled.

Can non-Muslims receive Zakat?

No, only eligible Muslims can receive Zakat. However, Muslims are encouraged to give voluntary charity to non-Muslims.

What assets are subject to Zakat?

Assets subject to Zakat encompass cash, gold, silver, business assets, and agricultural products.

When should I give Zakat?

Zakat is typically given annually during Ramadan based on the Islamic lunar calendar.

Can I give Zakat in non-monetary forms?

Absolutely. Zakat can be in the form of food, clothing, or shelter.

Is Zakat mandatory for all Muslims?

Yes, for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

What's the minimum wealth for Zakat eligibility?

This threshold, called Nisab, is based on the current value of silver or gold and varies over time.

Can I donate Zakat to charitable organizations like Humanity-Increased?

Absolutely. Charitable organizations that cater to eligible Zakat recipients are valid recipients.

How is Zakat calculated?

Typically, Zakat is 2.5% of eligible assets held for a full lunar year.

What's the deadline for Zakat payment?

Zakat is due after one lunar year (known as a “Hawl”) of owning

Is Zakat voluntary?

No, it’s a mandatory obligation for eligible Muslims.

Can I give Zakat anonymously?

Yes, and it’s often recommended to maintain the dignity of the recipient.

Can I give Zakat to family members?

Yes, provided they meet the Zakat eligibility criteria.

Can I pre-pay Zakat?

Yes, based on estimated eligible assets, adjusting for actual value later.

What are the benefits of giving Zakat?

Zakat purifies wealth, promotes social justice, reduces poverty, and empowers the underprivileged.

Can I pay Zakat in installments?

Yes, ensuring the full amount is settled by the deadline.

Can Zakat be used for debts?

Yes, to settle debts of eligible recipients.

Why is Zakat significant in Islam?

As one of Islam’s five pillars, it purifies wealth and promotes societal justice and equity.

Can Zakat support education, healthcare, or the environment?


Is Zakat tax-deductible?

Typically not, as it’s a religious obligation rather than a tax. However, there are difference of opinion and you can consult your local imam or scholar

Zakat vs. Sadaqah?

Zakat is mandatory for eligible Muslims, while Sadaqah is voluntary.

Can Zakat support entrepreneurship or research?

Yes, if it benefits Zakat-eligible individuals.

Can I support disaster relief or refugees with Zakat?

Absolutely, if the beneficiaries meet Zakat criteria.

By choosing to fulfill your Zakat through Humanity-Increased, you’re making a meaningful difference in countless lives. Calculate and contribute today.