How Much Should A Muslim Give To Charity?

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Charity is an incredibly important aspect of the Islamic faith. As a community, we strive to aid and support one another, understanding that those in need are just as valid as anyone else. Therefore, regardless of our income, making financial contributions to those around us is valued in our society.


But how much should Muslims actually be donating to charity? Let’s take a look!


The Amount That Muslims Should Give To Charity


Understanding Zakat


Zakat is one of the five pillars of individual worship that Islam is built on. Also known as “mandatory giving,” zakat requires all eligible Muslims to donate at least 2.5% of their accumulated wealth each year. However, you can choose to donate more money to an Islamic charity if you would prefer, and those who do not meet the Nisab threshold are not obligated to pay. 


This money is then divided up and given to those who have qualified as beneficiaries of the payment. Such people have been outlined in the Quran and include:

  • The poor 
  • The hungry
  • Those living with unmanageable debt
  • Stranded or struggling travellers


This act of donating 2.5% of your wealth to the poor is an incredible way to strengthen the entire community and provide relief to those in need.

Understanding Sadaqah


Sadaqah, meanwhile, is a voluntary charitable donation. This means that there are no rules or guidelines dictating how much– if any– money you should be donating. Additionally, while zakat is once a year, you are permitted to donate as frequently as you would like under sadaqah.


As well, you can choose where your money is directed towards, regardless of whether it fits under a zakat category. 


Understanding The Total Sum


Ultimately, it is expected that Muslims should donate a minimum of 2.5% of their wealth every year to charity. However, you are more than welcome to exceed that amount if you so choose; it is entirely up to you and your financial situation.


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