Islam has five primary obligations, more commonly referred to as ‘pillars of faith’ that each Muslim should fulfil in their lifetime. The third most important of these, is to pay a portion of your excess wealth every year to the poor and needy, known in Arabic as ‘Zakat.’ There are some criteria which clarify a person’s obligation however, […]
The MyTenNights Journey
Thank you to all those who have helped support our tremendous MyTenNights journey since 2015. Back then, our aim to empower people to make good of their money, finally became a reality with the ‘£1 Ramadan Challenge.’ This viral project proved what we suspected about donors being ready for change and innovation in the way […]
Are Zakat and Sadaqah the same?
Most of us are familiar with the Arabic terms ‘Zakat’ and ‘Sadaqah’. Both are referred to in the Quran as blessed ways of giving in charity. However, are the terms interchangeable? Can we give some money with the intention of Sadaqah and have it count as part of our compulsory Zakat? Actually, not. The meanings […]
How much is Zakat?
“Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give Zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” [Qur’an 2:277] This Quranic verse from Surah Al-Baqara teaches us much about the third pillar of Islam. Firstly, it links belief in […]
What is Zakat?
We all know that Islam consists of five pillars. Five foundations, upon which our connection to Allah (SWT) is built. These are often seen to be ranked by level of importance: First, the essential Shahadah: a wholehearted belief and outward demonstration of belief in one God, Allah, and his final Messenger (SAW). Second, is a […]
The Importance of helping the Orphan in Islam
“The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well-treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill-treated.” [Bukhari] The status of the orphan in Islam is a lofty one. Our beloved Messenger (SAW) was an orphan – his father passed away before his birth, […]
The Rights of the Orphan in Islam
Much of what Islam teaches relates to the nurturing of the community as a whole. Visiting the sick, taking care of the traveller and being hospitable and generous to your neighbour are just a few examples of how each Muslims should take a degree of responsibility for the maintenance of the community. The beloved Prophet […]
Ramadan is the most anticipated month of the year in the Islamic calendar. For Muslims it represents a time for spiritual reflection and growth. A chance to help those in need and to spend more time focused on loved ones. It is characterised by a fast during daylight hours, for those who are of age […]
How does Islam empower women?
One of the most succinct and significant messages of Islam came on the 9th of Dhul Hijjah, 10 years after the Hijrah of our beloved Messenger (SAW). This was of course, during the ‘Farewell Sermon’ delivered on Mount Arafat. This address was given not only to the people present, but the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said […]
Great Women in Islam and their Charity
We all know the status of giving in Islam. In fact, a 2013 poll in the UK showed that Muslims are amongst Britain’s most generous givers. The Times newspaper reported, ‘More than seven out of ten Muslims give to charity,’ and in addition they were the religious group that topped the poll giving, ‘an average […]