‘Khums’ literally means ‘one-fifth’. In Islamic law, it refers to an obligatory (wajib) religious tax which one must pay on several things, the most common of which is surplus income from earnings and gains. The amount of khums one must pay on surplus income is 20%.

Khums payments are divided into two equal parts:

One half is given to the Imam (a) of the time; this is called ‘Sahm-e Imam’ (the portion for the Imam (a)). In the absence of the Imam (a), this part must either be given to a Marja-e Taqlid (i.e. a high religious authority who can be followed in matters of Islamic law), or to an individual or organisation that has been given permission (ijaza) to collect khums on behalf of the Marja. This portion is then used for worthwhile purposes authorised by the Marja.

The other half is given to sayyids (descendants of the great grandfather of the Prophet (s)) who are poor, orphans, or stranded travellers. This is called ‘Sahm-e Sadat’ (the portion for sayyids).

The World Federation is proud to have permission from His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani (may God protect all our scholars) to collect khums payments on his behalf and to disperse the Sahm-e Imam part on religious projects, such as our fantastic children’s education and teacher training programmes.

You can make your full khums payment, or either of the Sahm payments, online by visiting our donate portal and searching “khums”.

Alternatively, you can make your khums payment through your local Jamaat which will process your payment and transfer it to The World Federation through our regional member federations.

Our new easy-to-digest Khums Guide will give you a clear overview of the most essential rulings on khums. The Guide also explains the differences between the previous and new ruling on loans and includes worked examples which show how the new ruling applies in practice.

Essentially, the Guide tells you what khums is payable on, why we pay it, when to pay, who to pay, and where it goes.

More Information:

Our new easy-to-read Khums guide will guide you If you’ve never fulfilled this religious obligation before or need help understanding what’s eligible, why we pay it, when to start, who to pay, and where it goes. This guide includes the differences between the previous and new ruling recently published by His Eminence Ayatollah Sistani.

You can make your full khums payment, or either of the Sahm payments, online by visiting our donate portal and searching “khums”.

Alternatively, you can make your khums payment through your local Jamaat which will process your payment and transfer it to The World Federation through our regional member federations.

You can also download our Khums App, which will instantaneously help you to calculate your khums liabilities, set reminders for the future, and take payments to fulfil this beautiful and benevolent obligation. Find out more about the app here or download it now from the Google and Apple app stores.

What makes our Khums Calculator App so special:

  • Update your khums data year by year
  • Add multiple accounts for each year
  • Automatically bring forward your balance to the next years calculation
  • Upload photo documentation for any items (IOS)
  • Get a consolidated view of your payment information
  • Make your payment to fulfil your obligation from within the app direct from your phone
  • Have access to khums guidelines and information within the app
  • Select your regular currency
  • Confidential: All the data you add to the app is stored on your phone.

Watch our previous Treasurer and past World Federation Councillor Reza Hooda explain more about the app.

In today’s busy world, we know it’s hard keeping track of all the different financial commitments one has and making payments on time.

That’s why we’ve created an intuitive Khums Calculator App to help you calculate what you owe and make it easy for you to pay your obligation.

Khums is a compulsory religious obligation for Shia Muslims. It refers to paying a religious tax of one-fifth (20%) on, most commonly, your earnings after deducting your expenses. You can find out more about what’s eligible from our quick Khums Guide.

Khums must be paid annually on a date that you set. The date can be based on either the lunar (Hijri) or solar (Gregorian) calendar, and it can coincide with other financial accounting you may do, which is especially useful for business owners.

We know that people may have a different date to pay their khums on, and so we’ve designed the app to give you reminders and make it easier for you to track your payments year on year.

This means you won’t ever need to create a spreadsheet to work out your khums or trawl through previous statements to find out what your last year’s balance was. Everything can be stored securely and confidentially on the Khums App, giving you full access and control at your fingertips.

Best of all, you can use the Khums Calculator App to send a direct payment of khums, administered through The World Federation. Once your payment has been processed, you will receive a signed receipt from the Marja.

The World Federation is proud to have permission (ijaza) from His Eminence al-Sayyid Ali al-Sistani (may God protect him) to collect khums payments on his behalf and to disperse the Sehme Imam part on religious projects, such as our children’s education, supporting the Hawza students with their studies, building effective community centres where needed, publishing books by our Islamic Education department, Internal and External Tableegh, plus many more.

Find out more on how khums payments are used through our Khums Guide.

Download the app now from the Google and Apple app stores.

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