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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Charity - A Pillar of Islam

Charity in Islam comes in more than one form; zakat, which is the compulsory annual contribution of 2.5 percent of an individual’s wealth and assets, and sadaqah, or voluntary almsgiving, which is intended for the needy. The Quran emphasizes feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping those who are in need, and the more one helps, the more God helps the person, and the more one gives, the more God gives the person.  One feels he is taking care of others and God is taking care of him.

There are many fund raising drives in Libya throughout the year, but especially during Ramadan. The main problem for me is that most of them are announced in Arabic - so I miss out on them. WhatsOn.ly has an announcement about a charity group that is feeding the needy during Ramadan. If you would like to make a donation or offer assistance you can find the information here: Ramadan Charity Event.

3 comments:

  1. The amount you pay in zakat is approximately 2.5% of one's capital. "Each Muslim calculates his or her own Zakat individually. For most purposes this involves the payment each year of two and a half percent of one's capital."

    You can find an online zakat calculator here: http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/zakat/Zakat_calculator.shtml

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  2. Sorry for mistake .

    Simply the amount of zakat is ( capital × 0.025) . :)

    http://www.islamhouse.com/pg/9219/all/1

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