You are looking at your bank statement and you notice that last month, Allah blessed you with more money. But is it pure money?

Perhaps it’s time to pay zakat on your annual saving; that’s the best way to turn more money into pure money.

Zakat budgets double!

Alhamdulillah, over the past three years, the U.S. Jamaat’s Zakat budget has doubled. Zakat collections, similarly, are projected to see a 6-figure jump by the end of this fiscal year.

Why stay behind? Why accumulate pounds of sin as our friends and families get spiritually fit?

Purify your money now!

Calculate your Zakat, make a check payable to “Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam” today, and give it your local finance secretary next time you see him. It’s that simple.

Chanda is not Zakat.

Here are some resources. Read and educate others.

Zakat is Islam’s third pillar – after Shahada and Salat – with undeniable importance based upon Quran and Hadith.

There should be no confusion about this injunction: Chanda is not Zakat.

Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I, may Allah be pleased with him, has said in An Introduction to Financial Sacrifice (pp.84-86):

“Regardless of all the collections our Jama’at has through chandas, it does not behoove a movement, which is the movement of the Promised Messiah (as), not to give proper attention to the principles which form the basis of Islam. Just as paying Chanda does not relieve us from the obligation to pray, fast and perform the Hajj, in the same way it does not make any difference in the payment of Zakat. Performing Tahajud and Nafal prayers does not exempt one from the obligatory prayers one has to offer in the mosque. In fact such Nawafil are a mere waste which hinder one from the performance of obligatory prayers. Similarly, one cannot be exempt from Zakat, which is one of the basic principles of Islam, by paying other Chandas. All our success depends upon holding fast to the principals of Islam. …. We must consider the payment of Zakat to be as obligatory as prayer, fasting and performing the Hajj.

Here’s an excerpt from a summary of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) March 30, 2012 sermon:

Hudhur said he wished to draw special attention towards payment of Zakat. Although Ahmadis are very generous in giving but one aspect of financial sacrifice is Zakat which should be particularly heeded to. Hudhur said especially women who have jewelry or those people who have savings over the course of one year perhaps do not pay as much attention as they should to payment of Zakat. There are some who pay their chanda and Zakat correctly to the last penny but some do not pay Zakat. Hudhur said perhaps finance secretaries do not remind people more about this. Hudhur said there is a great need for this to be done.

What is the rate of Zakat?

The rate of Zakat is one-fortieth (1/40) or 2.5% of the assets on which Zakat is due, provided they are worth more than the Nisaab (approximately $3500 in Jan. 2014). If the assets are worth less than the Nisaab, then no Zakat is due.

Is Zakat due on my retirement fund (IRA or 401k)?

As discussed above, Zakat is not due on assets that are outside of a person’s access, so Zakat is not due on these funds as long as the money is not within access. In case the funds become accessible, Zakat will be due on them. (Fiqah Ahmadiyya, Vol 1, pp 369.)

Who should Zakat be paid to?

According to the guidelines of the khuafa, it is preferred for Ahmadi Muslims to pay their Zakat to their Jamaat finance secretary who will then send it to the National/International headquarters. (Hazrat Musleh Ma’ood (ra). Islah-e-Nafs. Anwar-ul-Aloom, Vol 5. pp 453.)

Have more questions? Visit our comprehensive Zakat page.