Ramadan is here, which means that many of us will be paying our Zakat to receive more rewards and make the most of this blessed month.
Let us not forget about those who are poor right here locally in Canada.
The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent Muadh رضي الله عنه to Yemen and said,
“Invite the people to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah ﷻ and I am Allah’s Messenger, and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah ﷻ has enjoined on them five prayers in every day and night (in twenty-four hours), and if they obey you to do so, then teach them that Allah ﷻ has made it obligatory for them to pay the Zakat from their property and it is to be taken from the wealthy among them and given to the poor.” (Bukhari)
At MWC, we understand the importance of taking care of our local communities. Through our programs, we are empowering our fellow Canadians to lead better lives, improving society as a whole.
Here are some of our projects that your donations will go towards:
- Food Banks – We have a database of over 9,900 registered families who rely on our food banks to supplement their food requirements. In 2021 our food bank received over 33,000+ family visits.
- Project Ramadan – A Muslim Welfare Canada initiative, Project Ramadan’s mission is simple: we fundraise, assemble, and distribute baskets containing staple food items. We have distributed over 36,000 food baskets across Ontario since 2009.
- Local Refugee Support – We provide welcome start kits with 30+ home essentials to refugee families in Ontario. Over 1,000 kits have been given to families in Ontario since 2015.
As you prepare to donate your Zakat this Ramadan, donate to MWC so that we may give back to our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Zakat?
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an act of worship. It is an obligation. It requires Muslims to give 2.5% of their qualifying wealth each year to help Muslims who need it across a range of categories.
The Qur’an describes Zakat as: The means by which to attain Allah’s mercy
“My Mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who have God-consciousness and give their Zakat and those who believe in Our Signs.” (Surah Al-A`raf 7:156).
Who Pays Zakat?
Anyone who’s a Muslim, adult (has reached puberty) and is sane, is expected to give Zakat if they have the minimum amount of wealth, which is known as the Nisab.
What is the Nisab Value for Ramadan 2022?
- Using value of silver (595 grams) – approximately $615 CAD
- Using value of gold (85 grams) – approximately $6,832 CAD
Who should be getting Zakat?
The Qur’an tells us eight groups of people who should be given Zakat:
“Indeed, Zakat expenditures are only for
 the poor and
 the needy, and
 to those who work on [administering] it, and
 for bringing hearts together, and
 to [free] those in bondage, and
 for those in debt, and  for the cause of Allah, and
 for the stranded traveller. [This is] an obligation from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.”
(Qur’an, Chapter 9, Verse 60)
How do I calculate my Zakat?
There are 4 simple steps to working out your Zakat:
- Work out what you own
- Then take off what you owe
- Work out the balance and check that it’s more than the Nisab value
- Work out 2.5% of that and there you go, you’ve got your Zakat amount