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Nisab, Zakat and Sharing Good Fortune In Islam

Good fortune and wealth are points which many of us aim towards in life, but sometimes, things don’t quite go according to plan. Despite the best intentions, sometimes we find ourselves out of luck and struggling with daily life, whether it is financially or emotionally. As practising Muslims, we all recognise the importance of obligations such as zakat, which is based on a Muslim’s nisab, but have you ever stopped to think about the ways in which your generosity can be a real lifeline to those in need? 

The very act of kindness and generosity is in itself a noble endeavour, yet sharing your good fortune is something which many of us do in small ways every day, often without even realising it.


However, it can also be incredibly easy to become all too wrapped up in the trappings of our own lives, forgetting about the people outside of our immediate circle who may be in desperate need of our help. Positivity and good fortune are things to be shared, yet often; wider acts of generosity can fall under the radar.

For that reason, it is important that we continue to do our very best when it comes to sharing the results of our good fortune. Of course, money and material possessions are a part of this, yet there are also many other ways in which you can share with people in need. As part of our faith, we must do what we can to help others through donating zakat, but also during the holy month of Ramadan and when we donate Qurbani. 

What is Nisab in Islam? 

Nisaab is the value of excess wealth which makes a Muslim liable for Zakat; it is a minimum amount that a Muslim must hold prior to becoming eligible for zakat. It doesn’t only refer to wealth in terms of money but also in terms of jewellery and valuable possessions. Nisab is calculated based on gold or silver. For more details and to see how this is calculated, see our zakat calculator


Aside from paying our obligatory dues during these most auspicious times, there are many other ways in which we can incorporate this into our day-to-day lives. Throughout life, the majority of us have a tendency to accumulate material possessions, many of which remain unused and simply clutter up our lives and our homes. We also live in an incredibly wasteful culture, where resources are freely used by many without a care in the world.

This can have a significant impact on both the environment and people across the world, that aren’t in such a fortunate position. As you throw away an uneaten plate of food, spare a thought for people in need who are starving – maybe the best way to start sharing good fortune is by cutting back in your own life.

If you choose to donate your zakat with Muslim Aid, use our handy calculator to ensure you calculate your zakat correctly according to the current nisab rate. Commit to make a difference today and share your good fortune with those who are most in need.

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