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Syrian Sunrise Foundation’s programs are Zakat eligible because our program recipients are needy who have left their homes and live now as refugees in refugee camps outside Syria or displaced away from their towns inside Syria. They have no jobs and their lives have been shattered. When you earmark you donation as Zakat payment, we make sure that it goes to support needy families.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Zakat

What is Zakat?

Zakat is the third pillar of Islam and it enjoins upon able Muslims to give from their wealth to aid the needy. Zakat is separate from the optional Sadaqa (voluntary charitable contribution). It is the right of the poor to find relief in the wealth of the rich. Zakat is a specific contribution collected from the surplus wealth and earnings of the Muslim, and it is your duty to pay it once every lunar year, if you possess a minimum amount of eligible wealth, known as Nisab.

What is Nisab?

Nisab is a minimum amount of wealth you must own in order to be liable to pay Zakat. It is estimated at 3 oz of pure gold, valued at $4,700.

Who pays Zakat?

Every financially able Muslim male and female must give Zakat in order to fulfill his or her obligation. As stated above, financial ability is determined by owning the minimum Nisab for a complete lunar year.

When is Zakat due?

Zakat is due after one lunar (hijri) year starting from the day you acquired the amount of Nisab. If you always possess the minimum Nisab value, then Zakat is due once every year at a date of your choosing. However, most Muslims pay their Zakat in Ramadan for multiple rewards.

What is Zakatable wealth?

Zakatable wealth is what you own, whether in your possession or with others, except for the properties and belongings that you use, such as your house, car, clothes, and business equipment. Also, Zakatable wealth is what remains with you after meeting the needs and expenses of yourself and your family. It is not based on the income you make during the year. Rather, it is based on what remains after you take care of your family expenses. This wealth can be in the form of cash, gold, stocks, business commodities or other wealth.

What is the amount of Zakat that I have to give?

Each Muslim should calculate his or her own Zakatable wealth individually and must give Zakat at the minimum rate of 2.5% of its total value, which is the most common rates for Muslims living in the USA.

What is Zakatul-Fitr (Fitrah)?

Zakatul-Fitr (or Fitrah) is charity paid by, or on behalf of, fasting Muslims. The charity is paid to those in need. The amount of Zakatul-Fitr is equivalent to one day’s worth of meals for one person. Zakatul-Fitr is estimated at $10 per family member, and it must reach the needy before Eid prayer. The head of the family pays this amount on behalf of each person in the family (whether the family member is young or old). If a person is responsible for his mother and father, then he has to pay Zakatul-Fitr on their behalf as well. If a person cannot fast the entire month of Ramadan (for good reason), then he or she has to pay this value for each fasting day he or she could not complete, which would be a minimum of $300 if one couldn’t fast the whole month.

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