Allhamdullilah another year, another blessed month of Ramadan!
Called the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, it’s that time of the year when Muslims worldwide celebrate this holy month by observing fasts from daybreak to nightfall.
The 5 pillars of Islam include the Shahadah, day-to-day prayers (salah), fasting, charity (Zakat) and expedition (Hajj). It is valuable for Muslims to carry out such obligations particularly throughout the month of Ramadan. The rewards will be piled up Inn Shaa Allah and these will in return, prepare the course to Paradise in the afterlife.
With Ramadan now here, Muslims around the globe are preparing to give our annual Zakat. Calculating your Zakat and getting your head around the fundamentals can be sometimes tough and because of that, we have produced this brief guide. We have actually broken down a few of the most common questions and cleaned up the primary misunderstandings about Zakat.
So, today we are here to talk about Zakat (also referred to as ‘Zakah’). This is the third pillar of Islam and consists of providing of a set amount (2.5%) of your wealth to charity. Muslims pay Zakat as an act of praise, and although it is often related to a tax, it is not like taxes enforced by leaderships. Zakat is a spiritual task, merely for the sake of Allah.
What Zakat means?
The Arabic word ‘Zakat’ indicates ‘to clean’ or ‘purify’ and by accomplishing this religious task, Muslims make sure that their wealth has been cleansed for the will of Allah.
What are the benefits of Zakat?
Zakat has numerous religious and worldly advantages. A Muslims faith (Iman) is that by paying Zakat they are doing Allah’s will and accepting that all of their fortune comes from Allah as a loan – they do not own anything themselves.
By executing Zakat, Muslims understand to work with sincerity and to place less significance on materialistic belongings. Zakat has to do with practicing self-control and freeing oneself from greediness, selfishness and the love of cash.
Who has to pay it?
Every Muslim who has reached the age of puberty, is of sound mind, and you have possessed the minimum amount of wealth (known as Nisab) for one lunar year is required to pay Zakat.
‘You shall observe the Salah and give the obligatory charity (Zakat) and bow down with those who bow down.’ (Qur’an 2:43)
How much Zakat do I need to pay?
Our Prophet Muhammed (saw) has set the Nisab at the rate equal to 87.5 grams of gold or 612.4 grams of silver. Today, this is normally the similar value in your local currency. The value of gold and silver modifications daily, so your Zakat payment will differ a little each year. Scholars recommend that Muslims apply the Nisab value of silver rather than gold, to make sure that more people are eligible for Zakat.
Misunderstandings around carrying out Zakat
Zakat is not:
- About offering to charity out of generosity.
- Regular charity – Zakat is separate to everyday charitable offerings (such as sadaqah or sadaqah jariyah), due to the fact that it is an annual spiritual responsibility. Muslims are also expected to contribute to good causes out of personal generosity.
- A tax. Tax is requirement of nonreligious (non-religious) law.
- For building mosques.
- For burying the departed or clearing their debts.
- All Muslims need to pay their Zakat.
Zakat makes the world a much better place.
If you’re a Muslim, it’s vital that every bit of your donation goes to those who need it most. By contributing to one of KORT’s Zakat eligible projects, we can guarantee that your donation is being utilized to combat hardship and make a change in the lives of the poor and defenceless.
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. (Surah Al-Qadr 97:3)
Muslims are recommended to devote their final 10 nights in the month of Ramadan performing different acts of praise consisting of extra sunnah prayers, giving charity, devoting your nights at the masjid, and praying the Quran.
“Search for Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.”
The Night of Power or Declaration (Laylatul Qadr) falls on among the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The specific time and date have been unknown to all Muslims, but we have always been told that it lands on the odd nights (21,23,25,27,29) however rewards for your kind deeds and prayers on this specific night will increase tremendously as said in the Quran.
In Surah al Qadr, ayats 3 to 5, Allah says, “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the leave of their Lord, with every command; peace it is until the break of dawn.”
We must understand and realize that it is not about seeking the night but the Master of the night, which is Allah s.w.t. He will bless and reward us as He desires and pleases. We pray to Allah s.w.t. to enable us to reconcile these nights and capture the blessed Laylatul Qadr. Please pray for the staff of KORT and the volunteers. May Allah bless them and give them the ability to carry on with the amazing work of helping humankind.
Second KORT Complex
Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust is a non-profit organisation working in Pakistan & Kashmir to improve mankind’s battle set against hardship, social oppression, and natural catastrophe. Through the arrangement of instant relief and the facility of self-reliant advancement programs, we intend to provide genuine, reliable options.
We work all year-round to develop health care, education, and income programs that lead the way for empowered, self-serving areas. We likewise offer food, medical help, and tragedy relief throughout emergency situations, an important intervention that conserves lives.
Our proficient regional groups can access a few of the most hard-to-reach locations in Pakistan & Kashmir, at their most susceptible of times.
Among our goals is to raise Azad Kashmir out of hardship through education. By informing generations, we can utilize understanding, trade, and commerce to enhance incomes instead of counting on contributions that might never ever come through.
We have an internal school that exist in our Mirpur Azad Kashmir along with Quran classes that take place in our Masjid! Our Orphans are the primary recipients of our Education program and without your contributions– will not have the ability to participate in school otherwise.
Through our Education program, you can sponsor a trainee for a year or provide a yearly wage to an Instructor that can join our school.
We are building our second KORT Complex in Sawabi Alamabad! This project will be aimed at children with disabilities. You can donate any amount towards the construction of this project which is expected to start in Feb 2021!
At the heart of our work is to construct this second complex that will increase the lifestyle for the children. Improving kids’ everyday lives by safeguarding them against disease; supplying them with academic study; and by providing access to appropriate nutrition, water, and sanitation services can offer a cushion that would assist and relieve suffering in emergency circumstances. KORT 2 will include a Masjid, residence for the children, state of the art school, and advancement programs, we intend to put a smile on the faces of the recipients and to bring them peace through faith.
Alhamdulillah the government of Pakistan has officially approved the project and has issued construction permits!
Construction is currently underway at KORT 2 Complex Sawabi. We have started foundation work!
This is a unique opportunity to build the largest Centre in Pakistan for children challenged with disabilities! Make history with us by contributing to this project!
Abu Hurraira (RA) reported that the apostle of Allah (SAW) as saying : When a person dies, his/her actions discontinue, except for three things that will benefit the deceased in the grave and the hereafter namely:
- Sadaqa Jaariya (which is used to benefit Islam perpetually)
- The establishment of an institution for knowledge or by which benefit Is acquired (such as schools, masjid, orphanages etc.)
- A pious child who prays for the deceased.
It is estimated that only 20% of the population in Pakistan have access to safely managed drinking water, leaving the rest of the 80% deprived and unable to access the same quality of water. The reasons behind this have been found to be due to the water utility services being intermittent due to high leakage, limited supply and insufficient access to power. This is also due to the industrialization of the country, coupled with rapid urbanization and growth in population.
The primary source of contamination within Pakistan’s water is sewage, which is extensively discharged into the water supply, alongside only 5% of the country’s water was being collected and treated successfully along with industrial pollutants contaminating the water and the lack of wastewater collection systems that are imperative to removing these toxins.
The lack of access to clean water also led to up to 40% of the hospital admittance by patients suffering from preventable water related diseases such as Cholera and Hepatitis and leading to being responsible for one-third of deaths.
This has in turn increased the detrimental impact on Pakistan’s health care and economic industries, and as 27% of Pakistan’s total land is under farming and used for agriculture, clean water is imperative to the survival of the country’s population.
The impact on children has been devastating and it is reported that the leading cause of death in infants and children has been due to diarrhoea, a water-borne disease.
As a result, KORT (Kashmir Orphan Relief Trust a non-profit organisation raising orphan children at their purpose built home for orphans) have launched their ‘Clean Water Project’, specifically to counter-act the issues caused by contaminated water within certain areas of Pakistan. Known for their extensive work within Azad Kashmir in helping those in poverty and especially orphaned children, they have identified the great need for clean water in surrounding areas and have begun to provide facilities for communities to access clean drinking water.
KORT have begun constructing and erecting filtration plants within areas that have a high number of children and infants, resulting in ground water being filtered from any faecal matter and chemicals and released via taps as a clean and safe water source. They have also delegated responsibility of each plant to the community that it provides for, resulting in those who use it being educated on the necessities of clean water in Pakistan and creating an accountability for those who will benefit from it.
This in turn will inevitably and eventually prevent infant and child deaths due to water borne diseases and improve the quality of life for the children in these areas. It will also decrease the impact of contaminated water on agriculture and food production in areas where filtration plants are used.
KORT have in so far used funds from reliable sources within the UK and globally, with each filtration plant costing around £5,200 and are in the process of generating even more funds under their ‘Clean Water Project’ which has become increasingly prominent as a fund-raising charity.
It is evident that Pakistan is in great need to secure clean water for the survival of its nation and the children and infants that rely on this basic necessity. KORT have found a viable and cost-effective solution to the unsanitary water conditions within Kashmir which will greatly improve the quality of life and health of those who have access to it and, more importantly, educate the next generation on the importance of finding solutions to overcome the problems caused by unclean water.
Many innocent civilians were affected by a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) between Pakistan and India in November which resulted in the loss of life and property. Residents on the Pakistan LoC were facing some tough few months as temperatures dropped below freezing and many villages would have been cut off by the snow. Thanks to our generous donors, over £65,000 was raised in under 3 days to support the affected people.
Technological developments in healthcare have saved countless patients and are continuously improving our quality of life. Not only that, but technology in the medical field has also had a massive impact on nearly all processes and practices of healthcare professionals.
By the blessing of Almighty Allah and the support of our kind donors, 350 sewing machines were provided to poor and unemployed women and widows of Swabi KPK Pakistan so they can earn a living and support their families. 30 wheelchairs were provided to the less able needy people as part of our ongoing ‘Turning disability into ability’ program.