Ramadan 2015
Ramadan 2015Reuters

Apart from fasting and praying, Ramadan, the Holy month in Islamic calendar, is also that period when Muslims donate generously, known as Zakat

Considered the Third Pillar of Islam, Zakat is essentially an exercise in self-purification, in which Muslims set aside a portion of their wealth for charity. 

"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 Muslim Aid.

Muslims, who earn the required Nisab that makes them eligible to pay Zakat, are ordained to earmark 2.5% of their year's total wealth for charity during Ramadan. The money is then donated to the poor in different parts of the world.

Check your Zakat calculation HERE or download Zakat Calculator app HERE.

Free Android Apps to Make Your Ramadan Productive: Prayers, Fast Timings, Food Recipes, Zakat and More

Where to donate on the Holy Ramadan Month?

Muslims can make their donations through the following links:

Islamic Help

Muslim Aid Serving Humanity 

Zakat Foundation of India

Islamic Relief USA 

Zakat Foundation of America

Islamic Relief UK


Muslim Hands