Human Appeal and Zakat al Mal

Zakat is an act of worship we perform with the wealth of Allah has blessed us with. It is a duty that cleans away impurities and distributes wealth among those in need.

It requires giving a calculated amount (usually 2.5%) to the poor and needy.

Zakat should be calculated and paid on any surplus wealth you have owned for at least one lunar year. It includes:

  • Gold, silver, precious metal including ornaments and jewellery containing gold and silver
  • Stocks and shares
  • Money you have lent others
  • Cash in bank accounts or kept at home
  • Agricultural produce and livestock
  • Pensions
  • Property you own as investments
Who receives Zakat ul Mal?   


The poor: Those with no income
The needy: Those whose income is less than they need
Distributors of Zakat: Those who identify the needy and handle Zakat
Sympathisers: Those entering or who may enter Islam
Freeing Slaves: Zakat can be used to ransom a slave
Debtors Those unable to pay off a debt
Struggling for the sake of Allah: To benefit humanity and to convey the message of Islam
Travellers Those travelling and in need