The important difference between the Lilah and Zakaat charities
LILAH: means ‘ for Allah’, comprises any form of charity given in the cause of Allah on a voluntary basis. This charity is over and above zakah that a person is liable for. Zakah can only be spent directly on the poor, and not on projects such as construction. However, lillah can be used for construction of masjids, schools, wells etcetera.
ZAKAAT: One of the most important principles in Islam is that everything belongs to Allah, thus wealth is held by people, in trust. The word Zakat means ‘ to purify’. All muslims who can afford to, must give zakat in order to purify their wealth.
“ Take from their wealth so that you might purify and sanctify them.” ( Holy Quran,9:103)
The category of people who can receive zakat is defined in Surah At-Taubah (9:60): “ Alms are for the poor and needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and the wayfarers: a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is the knower, Wise.” Zakat is obligatory when nisab is reached. The nisab is approximately 85g of pure gold or 595g of silver. The nisab in any other currency is scaled to these amounts.
Account name: Memon Association of SA
Account number: 503 111 88 251
Branch code: 252505
Please specify in reference: Zakaat or Lillah