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WHY PAY ZAKAT TO IMRAN KHAN CANCER APPEAL (IKCA)?

Imran Khan: “When I first started raising funds for [Shaukat Khanum 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…through the Islamic concept of Zakat, [we’ve shown how] indigent cancer patients can be supported”.

The people who come to 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.

The Zakat you paid last Ramadan allowed us to provide free treatment for 75% of patients throughout 2021 and subsidise the treatment of many others. Thank you.

Read our Zakat Guide to find out more about who we give your Zakat to, who is eligible for Zakat, and about Zakat transparency at IKCA.

Use our Zakat Calculator to work out your Zakat for this year. Pay your Zakat online and in whole today or start paying it in instalments by sponsoring the full or partial treatment of a poor cancer patient at Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

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Your Zakat Guide

For over 27 years, we’ve administered your 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 concerning their obligation of Zakat.

Now you can get answers to your frequently asked questions about the obligation of Zakat, its conditions in Islam, and Zakat transparency at IKCA by downloading our new Zakat Guide, or by clicking on the menu headings below.

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What is Zakat?

The third pillar of Islam, Zakat is an obligatory giving of alms to 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 that allows the fair distribution of surplus wealth to tackle poverty.

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Do I have to pay Zakat?

Zakat is mandatory on 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), then Zakat is 2.5% of your wealth that remains, which is then due to the poor.

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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.

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What is the Nisab value this Ramadan?

Nisab is determined through the current value of gold and silver as follows:

The Nisab value in Gold is 3 ounces / 87.48 grams or its cash equivalent
The Nisab value in Silver is 21 ounces / 612.36 grams or its cash equivalent

The preferred Nisab at this time is silver because it maximises Zakat.

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How do I calculate Zakat?

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.

To calculate your Zakat contribution, you must know the accurate price of gold and/or silver today. Alternatively, you can use our Zakat Calculator. It’ll help you work out your Zakat quickly and accurately.

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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)
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Zakat Transparency at IKCA

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.

Patients who do not qualify for Zakat, but who are still in need of financially supported treatment, are subsidised 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 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 our hospital.

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Who gets my Zakat?

At Shaukat Khanum 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 their eligibility for financial support and the extent of support they require. A few patients, depending on their situation, are offered subsidised treatment, though most (over 75%) receive treatment that is absolutely free.

We also have field investigators who allow us to verify the authenticity of the 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 their eligibility for Zakat based on local information.

For patients who qualify for Zakat, treatment is subsidised from the Zakat fund that is separately maintained at our 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 (PBUH) as one saa. The monetary equivalent of this today is £5 worth of staple food. So, the recommended amount to be paid as Zakat ul Fitr by each person is roughly £5.

Zakat ul Fitr must reach the poor in time for Eid so that they can celebrate the festival.

IKCA accepts Zakat ul Fitr payments. But it is vital that we are informed of your intention as 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.

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