Daily Nisaab Prices

17 May 2019 / 11 Ramadaan 1440
Nisáb = R5137.70
Silver = R8.39/g (260.87/oz)
Gold = R686.33/g (R18 532.87oz)
Prices & Calculations include VAT

What is the meaning of Nisáb?

Nisáb is a minimum amount of wealth which makes one liable to pay Zakáh. The person who possesses an amount equal to or greater than this specified minimum wealth, which remains in his or her possession for a period of one year is considered wealthy enough to pay the Zakáh.

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21 May 2019

This Ramadan, Pay Your Fitrah Online and Give Hope!

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said: “The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until the Fitrah is discharged”


SANZAF’s Operation Fitrah is one of the largest in the country with the main objective is to ensure that every Muslim is free from want on the auspicious day of Eid-ul-Fitr. With your assistance and the grace of the Almighty, we will provide 26 000 Fitrah Grocery hampers to needy families around the country benefiting over 100 000 individuals. The substantial hampers ensure that these families can at least have a hearty meal as they celebrate the day of Eid.

While we understand Fitrah prices vary around the county, this year we humbly request you go one step further by sponsoring a Fitrah Grocery Hamper for R250 which we understand is more than the minimum Fitrah payable. Help us #GiveHope this Holy month!

Please note you may pay your Fitrah in cash or via card at our offices and collection points around the country.

Sponsor a Fitrah Hamper here

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20 May 2019

Western Cape Az-Zakah Ramadaan Edition

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17 May 2019

Ramadan readings: Surat ul-Baqarah and the blueprint of Zakah

RAMADAN, the great lunar month of fasting, reflection and renewal, is also the month of the Qur’an. It is regarded as the month of Qur’an due to its first words being revealed to the Prophet Muhammad [saw] on its 27th night.

This occurred in a mountain cave outside Makkah over 1,400 years ago. This was when the Angel Jibril descended from the heavens, his shining wings covering the sky, to speak to the Prophet [saw] for the first time.

Ramadan is a name originated from the root Arabic word “ramada”, which means to scorch the earth – a reference to the blazing Hijazi summer sun.

The figurative meaning of Ramadan refers to the effects the fast has on the soul. The fast, or siyam, burns away its undesirable traits such as arrogance, lust, greed, stinginess and ill-feeling. In turn, these traits are replaced by humility, restraint, compassion and generosity.

Another of Ramadan’s focuses is the recitation of Qur’an’s 114 chapters over its 29 to 30 nights, whether in private, or in the company of imams reciting its verses in the tarawih prayers at a local mosque.

Historically, Ramadan has an encompassing significance for the history of human revelation.

Traditions tell us that on its first night, a scripture was revealed to Ibrahim [as], that on its sixth night the Torah was revealed to Musa [as], that on its 13th night the Injil was revealed to ‘Isa [as] and that on its 18th night, the Zabur was revealed to Dawud [as].

Indeed, the revelations given to the biblical prophets Abraham, Moses, Jesus and David are all mentioned in the Qur’an. The Old Testament is referred to 18 times, the Gospel 13 times and the Psalms eleven times. The Qur’an does not mention the name of the scripture revealed to Abraham.

A relationship with the old texts is immediately fostered when Surat ul-Baqarah, the first chapter of the Qur’an and a long one, with myriad meanings and 286 verses, is recited. One of its first topics is the people of Moses, the Bani Isra’il. Normally, during Ramadan this Qur’anic chapter is recited with great speed.

But on studied reflection, the most insightful messages leap from the pages when we actively search for them. Zakah, which is our primary focus here, is mentioned in the context of the Bani Isra’il as early as the 43rd verse, and accorded an importance second only to prayer. This line appears against the context of Allah reminding the Bani Isra’il not to forget His Covenant with them.

The next mention is in verse 83: “…worship Allah alone, care for parents, orphans and the needy; speak kindly to people; perform the prayer and give Zakah…”

Here Allah, still mindful of the Israelite Covenant, broadens the scope of His Message. Whilst the verse is khass, or specific to the Bani Isra’il, it does tell us all who we should be as human beings when expending Zakah: we have to be God-conscious and compassionate to those around us.

The real virtue of the God-conscious human spirit is given a further contextualisation in verse 177:

“Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west during the prayer, righteousness is believing in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the revealed books and the prophets; spending wealth for the love of Allah on …orphans, the traveller, the needy, beggars and freeing slaves; it is performing prayer and paying Zakah…”

It is interesting to note how Zakah as a social institution is mentioned so early on in the Qur’an. This obviously points to its huge significance. What makes it emphatic is that each time “Zakah” is used in the text, and not another word. In addition, the grammatical construction is almost identical in each three cases – which linguistically accentuates its repetition.

In addition, charity is referred to generically a further 14 times in Surat ul-Baqarah. We are reminded of our conduct to those less fortunate than ourselves. 

A verse in the Surah (264) expressly reminds us not to ever humiliate others by reminding them of our charity. If we do this, says Allah, we invalidate our good works. Another verse (267) emphasises that those who give charity should not give away shoddy goods, or things they wouldn’t use themselves.

Given the context of our modern times with rising poverty, unemployment, social despair and anger, the opening chapter of the Qur’an is deeply profound with its early emphasis on charity and the specific mention of “Zakah”. If anything, Zakah is mentioned here as a blueprint for future stability – it’s almost as if Allah is saying: please, dear believer, take note!

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14 May 2019

Understanding Zakah Booklet 2019

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14 May 2019

Western Cape Ramadaan Events Calendar

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09 May 2019

This Ramadan – Give Zakah and Give Hope!

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said: “The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until the Fitrah is discharged”


As we usher in the holy month of Ramadan, the South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) would like to take the opportunity to wish you a month of blessings, clemency and enlightenment. Ameen

The holy month of Ramadan is not only a spiritual time of the year for all Muslims but an an extremely engaging and busy month for SANZAF as we commence with our largest distribution month of the year.

This year, the South African National Zakah Fund celebrated their 45 year anniversary, over four decades of serving the Muslim community without reproach and with complete transparency ensuring that Zakah, the third pillar of our beautiful faith, has been executed.

As the cost of living in South Africa continues rise and with the country’s unemployment rate at a staggering 27,1% with more than 50 % of the youth not having jobs, there is an increased need for social welfare organisations such as SANZAF to assist those in need with basic provisions and development opportunities. SANZAF aims to do this with the effective distribution of Zakah in changing the lives of our beneficiaries through development and relief.

With Ramadan on our doorstep, we reflect on last year’s operations as once again, thousands of Fitrah parcels were distributed nation-wide, ensuring that the needy had a bundle of joy for the month and more than 130 000 people were served with Iftar during the month. In addition, Zakah education programmes were in full swing in masajid and institutions, SANZAF panels explaining the workings of Zakah to the public. This service is available to the public throughout the year and via online platforms available on the website. This year, SANZAF offices countrywide have increased their operations and plans in the lead up to the holy month of Ramadan. The aim being to serve over 185 000 Iftar meals ensuring needy beneficiaries have a nutritious meal to break their fast with. Through partnerships with over 100 Masajid throughout South Africa, this Ramadan, over 23 000 families will benefit from Fitrah Food Aid hampers.

  In keeping with our continued efforts to create awareness and educate the public on Zakah. SANZAF Zakah Seminars will be hosted weekly, affording the public the opportunity to gather pertinent information and have their questions answered by experts in person.

For more information on the closest SANZAF Zakah Seminar to you call 0861 726 923

So as we head into another Ramadan, we thank you for your continued support and appeal to you to continue supporting our efforts in serving humanity by channelling your Zakah, Sadaqah and Lillah through SANZAF.

Thank you for helping us give hope for the last 45 years. Heres to many more, Insha Allah.

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Ramadan Message from SANZAF CEO 2019

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AzZakah Gauteng 2019

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