Islamic Institute of Toronto

Zakaat and Fitra

The Command to Pay Zakaat

"And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship God, offering Him sincere devotion, being true in faith; to establish regular prayer; and give poor due." (Al-Bayyinah 98: 5)

What is Zakaat?

The Arabic word ‘Zakah’ is generally translated as ‘poor due’ or ‘religious levy’ but literally it means purification, growth, blessing and appreciation.  Islamically speaking, however, Zakah is the community’s share in the produced wealth. More specifically, according to M. Umer Chapra, the renowned Islamic economist, Zakahis the financial duty of a Muslim “to pay out of his net worth or agricultural output, if these are higher than the threshold of Zakah, a specified portion as an indispensable part of his religious duties.” Read more

The Obligation of Zakaat - By Shaikh Ahmad Kutty

The main purpose of zakah is to help the poor and needy. When zakah is applied effectively, it goes a long way in eradicating poverty from the society--as it was demonstrated in the history of Islam. Although the primary recipients of zakah are the poor and needy, part of zakah can also be given to causes that are beneficial for the cause of Islam. In our time and age, this includes supporting institutions that provide essential services for the community in places where funds for such projects are not readily available. This is the ruling of a number of eminent scholars in the contemporary world, including Shaikh Qaradawi, Abd al-Karim Zaydan and others. Read more

Zakaat al-Fitr (Fitra) and Eid - Chapter from Sh. Ahmad Kutty's Book "Ramadan and Fasting - A Concise Guide"

Read the full chapter on Zalaat-al Fitr and Eid

 Simple Zakaat Calculator Example