“True piety is this: to believe in God, and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, to give of one’s substance, however cherished, to kinsmen, and orphans, the needy, the traveler, beggars, and to ransom the slave, to perform the prayer, to pay the zakat.” (Qur’an 2:177).
The Meaning and Purpose of Zakat
The literal meaning of Zakat is ‘to cleanse’ or ‘purification’. In the Islamic faith, Zakat means purifying your wealth for the will of Allah SWT; to acknowledge that everything we own belongs to Allah SWT and to work towards the betterment of the Muslim Ummah. According to Islamic regulations, Zakat is 2.5% of one year’s total cumulative wealth. This amount is then distributed to the poor. Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) has said “Whoever pays the zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him” (Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabaraani).
Who Should Pay Zakat?
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. As such, it is compulsory on Muslims, provided they meet certain conditions and criteria. Any Muslim who possesses the required nisaab (the minimum amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable) for one whole year is bound to pay Zakat on that wealth.
A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat and for good reasons. Ramadan is the month of blessings and the rewards for all good deeds is far greater in this blessed Ramadan that in any other month.
How Musthafa Sabiya Educational Trust uses Zakat
MSET uses these funds to help the underprivileged children to get quality education, to provide educational scholarships, distribute food packages to poor families during Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha, to help the poor communities in starting small businesses and help them to gain the skills needed to get back on their feet in today’s economy and essentially come out of poverty. Zakat funds also go towards emergency relief in case of natural disasters.
One School Educational Supplies Kit: (₹ 5000/ US$ 84/ Euro € 71/ UK £ 56)
Educational Supplies Kit Consist of School Bag, Text-books, Note-books, Geometric Box, Pen, Pencil, Sketch Pen Packets, Scale/Ruler, Eraser, Shoe/Chappel, Two sets of Uniforms and one Umberlla.
One Scholarship for the Graduate Course/Professional Course Student per year: (₹ 75000/ US$ 1250/ Euro € 1070/ UK £ 835)
Students who are all studying Professional Courses in Medical, Engineering, Vetnary Science, Architecture, Dental, Agriculture, Nursing, Science and Arts, (graduate level) in the Government Colleges/Premier Institutions.
Seed Capital to one Vulnarable women/widow to start Income Generation Project: (₹ 25000/ US$ 415/ Euro € 360/ UK £ 280)
Vulnerable women/widows to start the Income Generation Project for their economic empowerment.(Dress making, Goat rearing, Milk Animal/Cow, Country Chicken farming, Small Petty Shops, Selling vegitables/fruits etc.,)
Contribute to MSET Building Construction Fund: (For 100 Sq.feet construction cost ₹ 150000/ US$ 2500/ Euro € 2140/ UK £ 1670)
Musthafa Sabiya Educational Trust is planning to construct in total 60100 sq.feet building for our various projects including additional class rooms in our school, hostels for the orphan/poor children, vocational training centres and coaching class centres.
Contribute to MSET Land Procurement Fund: (For 1 acre cost ₹ 1500000/ US$ 25000/ Euro € 21400/ UK £ 16700)
Musthafa Sabiya Educational Trust is expanding its programmes and it desperately need vast areas for its different kind of projects. MSET planned to purchase 35 Acres of land adjustant to our existing school.
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