Zakat / Charity Information in Islam for Ramadan

The acts of charity and benevolence toward the less fortunate, for the sake of Allah, are highly desired on all occasions, but more so during the blessed month of Ramadan.

In the book of Al-Bukhari, Ibn 'Abbas (raa) related:

“The Messenger of Allah (saas) is the most benevolent(good) among the people. His benevolence increases markedly during the month of Ramadan when the angel Jibreel meets him every night of Ramadan, to rehearse with him the Holy Qur'an. The Messenger of Allah (saas) was more charitable with his good possessions than the mov­ing winds that bring torrential rain.”

As you may be aware, there are two kinds of charitable acts. There is regular, voluntary charity, (sadaqah), that can be given any time, from inviting others to meals, at iftar time dur­ing Ramadan, to outright gifts to an individual or a charitable organization.

On the other hand, there is an obligation of Za­kaat (obligatory charity), which is the annual return of 2.5 per­cent that is levied against one's savings or assets that have ma­tured in the last twelve months. All give their Zakaat to its rightful owners during Ramadan so as to offer these two obligations of Islam at the same time.

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