What is Zakat Al-Maal

Zakat (or Zakat Al-Maal) is a form of almsgiving and one of the Five Pillars of Islam. As a religious duty for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth, Zakat is 2.5% of one’s wealth given out once a year to help the poor and needy and has many benefits for the individual and society at large.

“And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah.” (Qur’an, 2:110)

Human Appeal treats Zakat and all donations as a trust (Amanah).

Use our Zakat Calculator to easily work out how much you need to pay!

Who is must pay zakat

Every adult Muslim who meets the requirements of nisab and hawl in a calendar year must pay zakat for that year. There are some conditions that may require others, a wali (guardian) of a minor for instance, to pay zakat too. As always, it is best to consult with your local imam or scholar for clarification.

When should I pay zakat?

It should be paid as soon as possible prior to or at the time that you’ve earned the requisite amount of nisab each lunar year, or one year after you last paid it. Tip: A good way to ensure zakat is made in a timely fashion is to pay it during Ramadan.

What is Nisab?

Nisab is an Arabic (meaning Threshold) that refers to the minimum amount of wealth one must have before they are liable to pay Zakat on their wealth. The Nisab was set by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at a rate equivalent to either 3 ounces of gold or 21 ounces of silver.

What is the current value of Nisab?


Standard Rate Approximate Current Value
Gold 3 ounces (85 grams of 24k) AUD $8143
Silver 21 ounces (595 grams) AUD $669

To increase the benefit to the recipients of Zakat, Human Appeal advises its donors to use the silver standard because it is always a lower threshold than gold and hence allows for a greater amount to be eligible for Zakat. Please note that since the value of gold and silver fluctuates, the nisab value used may change from time to time.