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Why pay Zakat to Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA)?

We’ve been trusted with your Zakat for over 25 years. With it, we save lives and provide healing for Pakistan’s poorest.

For over two decades, we’ve administered Zakat and delivered it to Pakistan’s poorest in their most dire need. We’ve borne the trust and confidence of donors who require absolute transparency and adherence to Islamic guidance in relation to their obligation of Zakat.

The Zakat you paid last year allowed us to provide free cancer treatment for 75% of our patients throughout 2020. For many of them, it was a life line. The people we support at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital are too poor to meet their basic daily needs, let alone the high cost of cancer treatment. Read our Zakat Guide below to learn more about who we give your Zakat to, who is eligible for Zakat, and Zakat transparency at IKCA.

When I first started raising funds for the hospital in 1989, experts and critics were of the opinion that providing free treatment in a cancer hospital was not feasible in any part of the world. But in an Islamic country this does not hold true. Through the Islamic concept of Zakat, [we’ve shown how] indigent cancer patients can be supported.’ – Prime Minister Imran Khan

Did you know that your Zakat can pay directly for the full or partial treatment of one cancer patient? Find out more about how you can support a patient with your Zakat.

Use our Zakat calculator below to calculate your Zakat due this year. Pay your Zakat online, in whole today, or start paying it in monthly instalments by setting up a direct debit.

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Your Zakat Guide

A pillar of Islam second only to Prayer, paying Zakat (alms for the poor and needy) is obligatory on every Muslim of able means. The Arabic word ‘Zakat’ or ‘Zakah’ literally means ‘to cleanse’ or ‘that which purifies.’ So when you pay Zakat, you are cleansing your wealth.

How much is Nisab for Zakat? Who needs to pay Zakat? Who can receive Zakat? Do I have to pay Zakat on gold every year? – if these are some of your questions about Zakat, then this is Your Zakat Guide. Learn more about the conditions of Zakat in Islam, and find out about our Zakat transparency, at IKCA we take care to ensure your Zakat reaches the most deserving.

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What is Zakat?

The third pillar of Islam, Zakat is the obligatory giving of alms for the poor. It is an act of worship, not charity, and therefore benefits the giver more than the receiver.

In the Islamic faith, the function of Zakat is manifold: It is a means to purify one’s wealth. It is also a means of spiritual purification, allowing the giver to free themselves of greed and attachment to worldly possessions. And it is a sophisticated system which allows the fair distribution of surplus wealth in a bid to tackle poverty.

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Do I have to pay Zakat?

Zakat is mandatory to all Muslims whose wealth and/or savings are above a set minimum amount, known as ‘Nisab’. Once your savings reach Nisab (after accounting for yearly living costs/expenses), Zakat is the 2.5% that is due to the poor.

‘And those within whose wealth is a known right, for the petitioner and the poor.’ – Holy Qur’an 70: 24-25

What do I have to pay Zakat on?

Assets on which Zakat is payable include:

  • Cash (in hand, in a bank account, or lent to others)
  • Shares/investments that provide income
  • Business Stocks
  • Pensions
  • Gold and silver (as jewellery and stocks)

Zakat is not payable on assets for personal use such as the home you live in or your car etc.

What is Nisab and its value in gold and silver?

Nisab is determined through the current value of gold and silver (the preferred Nisab at this time is silver, because it maximises Zakat):

The Nisab value in Gold is 3 ounces / 87.48 grams or it’s cash equivalent.

The Nisab value in Silver is 21 ounces / 612.36 grams or it’s cash equivalent.

How do I calculate Zakat?

To calculate your Zakat contribution, you must know the accurate price of gold and/or silver today. Alternatively you can use our Zakat Calculator. Below is an example of how Zakat is calculated on gold and silver.

On Gold: If the price of gold were £30 a gram, for example, the Nisab would be 30 x 87.48 = 2,624.40. So if you have £2,624.40 or more in wealth/savings you would be eligible to pay Zakat. The amount you’d have to pay is 2.5% of your total wealth (after expenses and provided you have had that amount for a full year.) The minimum Zakat payable as per these prices would be £65.61.

On Silver: If the price of silver were £1 a gram, for example, the Nisab would be 1 x 612.36 = 612.36. So if you have £612.36 or more in wealth/savings you would be eligible to pay Zakat. The amount you’d have to pay is 2.5% of your total wealth (after expenses and provided you have had that amount for a full year.) The minimum Zakat payable as per these prices would be £15.31

NOTE: The above is a guide for calculating Zakat, and should not be taken as an up to date representation of gold/silver prices. To determine how much Zakat you should pay, PLEASE USE OUR ZAKAT CALCULATOR.

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Who can Receive Zakat?

There are eight types of people to whom Zakat can be given:

  • The poor (people who have no assets and means to earn a living)
  • The needy (people who have no earnings or whose earnings don’t cover their basic needs)
  • The wayfarer
  • Those employed to administer Zakat funds
  • Those whose hearts have been reconciled [to the truth/faith]
  • Those in bondage
  • Those in debt
  • In the cause of Allah (swt)
Zakat Transparency

At IKCA, we know the importance of giving Zakat and care about transparency, which is why we are very particular about the disbursement of Zakat funds. The Zakat we receive is utilized exclusively for providing direct patient care to poor patients.

‘Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [Zakat] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah . And Allah is Knowing and Wise.’ – Holy Qur’an 9:60

Patients who do not qualify for Zakat, but who are still in need of financially supported treatment, are subsidized from our separate Donation Account. Our hospital expenses (including staff salaries), expansion projects, and equipment costs are met through revenue received from our hospital diagnostic services or from donations made specifically towards such needs.

Our commitment to transparency is recognised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Zakat and Ushr of the Government of Pakistan. Annually, the Ministry donates Rs.12 million from its Zakat Fund through SKMCH for the treatment of poor cancer patients. For this purpose, it has permanently deputed a representative who monitors Zakat distribution at the Hospital.

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Who gets my Zakat?

The people we support at Shaukat Khanum Hospital are too poor to meet their basic daily needs, let alone the high cost of cancer treatment. In the worst cases, some cannot even afford to take away their deceased for burial without financial aid.

‘They ask you, [O Muhammad], what they should spend. Say, “Whatever you spend of good is [to be] for parents and relatives and orphans and the needy and the traveler. And whatever you do of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.”‘ -Holy Qur’an 2: 215

At Shaukat Kahnum Hospital, the system we have in place is thorough when determining the eligibility of patients for Zakat.

After a medical evaluation, patients diagnosed with cancer are registered for financially supported treatment. At this point, our Financial Support Services team will discuss the expected treatment costs with the patient. In turn, the patient will disclose details of their assets, dependents, and income sources to help our team ascertain his/her eligibility for financial support and the extent they require. Few patients, depending on their situation, are offered subsidised treatment, though most (over to 65%) receive treatment which is absolutely free.

SKMCH also have field investigators which allow us to verify the authenticity of information our staff is given. Qualifying patients are also asked whether they are eligible for Zakat in particular. If they are, we request that they obtain a signed and stamped referral letter from their local Zakat Authorities, verifying the patients eligibility for Zakat based on local information.

For patients who qualify for Zakat, treatment will be subsidised from the Zakat fund that is separately maintained at the Hospital.

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What is Zakat ul Fitr?

Zakat al-fitr, also commonly known as ‘Fitrana’, is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting.

The required quantity of Zakat ul Fitr was described by the Prophet Muhammad (pbhu) as one saa. The monetary equivalent of this today (as per Ramadan 2019) is £5 worth of staple food. So the recommended amount to be paid as Zakat ul Fitr by each person is roughly £5. It is important that Zakat ul Fitr reaches the poor in time for Eid, so that they can celebrate the festival.

£5 per person

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) accepts Zakat ul Fitr payments. But it is vital that we are informed of your intention, because Zakat ul Fitr is time sensitive and can only be used towards feeding people. When donating your Zakat ul Fitr please do so in advance of Eid and ensure you select ‘Fitrana’ from the drop down menu.