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Zakat Fundamentals: Exploring Objectives and Wealth Classification

Unpack the definition and significance of Zakat, while gaining the practical knowledge you need to calculate your contribution.

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Zakat Fundamentals: Exploring Objectives and Wealth Classification

  • 3 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Understand and calculate Zakat with INCEIF University

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It requires all Muslims to donate a portion of their wealth to charity.

On this three-week course from INCEIF University, you’ll build the knowledge and understanding you need to practise Zakat. Beginning with an overview of Zakat’s application through history, then moving through practical information for your own calculations, this course provides the foundation you need to fulfil your religious obligations and contribute to the good of society.

Discover the purpose and impact of Zakat

You’ll start the course with an overview of the definition, administration, and objectives of Zakat.

You’ll explore the many benefits of Zakat for givers, recipients, and Muslim society as a whole.

Learn to differentiate between Zakat al-Fitr and Zakat al-Mal

In Week 2 of the course, you’ll get stuck into the nitty gritty of calculating Zakat. You’ll learn how to identify and categorise assets that are subject to Zakat, including money, gold, silver, agricultural produce, and livestock.

You’ll also take a closer look at the two main kinds of Zakatable wealth: Zakat al-Fitr and Zakat al-Mal.

Guided by Islamic finance experts over the three weeks of the course, you’ll arrive at an in depth understanding of Zakat and its importance for society.


  • Week 1


    • Welcome to the Course

      Welcome to an overview of Zakat. This week we will dive into the foundational concepts of Zakat.

    • Overview of Zakat

      In this topic, we will explore the definition of Zakat, the conditions for both givers and recipients, the administration of Zakat as guided by the Quran, and the ethical constraints that guide this act of worship.

    • Quiz

      Let's check your understanding.

    • Key Takeaways

      Key takeaways from what we have learned in Week 1

  • Week 2

    Zakat's Mission: Purpose and Impact

    • Objectives of Zakat

      Building on our foundation from Week 1, where we explored the definition and significance of Zakat, we now journey deeper into the world of Zakat's objectives.

    • Quiz

      Let's check your understanding on what you have learned during week 2.

    • Key Takeaways

      In week 2, we uncovered the various dimensions of Zakat's impact on givers, recipients, Muslim society, and its role as an ethical alternative to Riba.

  • Week 3

    Zakat's Treasury: Wealth Categories

    • Types of Zakatable Wealth

      Explore various types of Zakatable wealth, such as money, gold, livestock, and agricultural produce.

    • Key Takeaways

      Week 3 has been an eye-opening journey into the vast array of wealth and property that falls under the umbrella of Zakat. Let's look at the key takeaways from this week.

    • Course Assessment

      The course assessment offers an opportunity to reinforce your understanding of Zakat, serving as a comprehensive evaluation of the knowledge you've gained over the past three weeks.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the significance of Zakat and its importance in Islam.
  • Identify the conditions that individuals must meet to be eligible to give and receive Zakat.
  • Assess the various restrictions and guidelines governing Zakat giving in Islamic tradition.
  • Explain the objectives of Zakat from the perspective of the individuals giving and receiving it.
  • Describe the concept and significance of Zakat al-Fitr as a form of obligatory charity.
  • Classify between the various types of wealth and assets that are subject to Zakat, including money, gold, silver, agricultural produce, and livestock.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for Muslims of all age groups and in every walk of life.

Who will you learn with?

I am Associate Professor of Islamic Economics and Finance at INCEIF University, specializing in Islamic Economics, Islamic Finance and Islamic Social Finance (Qard Hassan, Zakat &Waqf).

Who developed the course?


INCEIF is considered to be the knowledge leader in Islamic finance through providing excellent teaching, research and thought leadership.

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