Commit to Faith: As we embark upon the new year, pledge to fulfill your Khums obligation. Your contributions play a pivotal role in cultivating a dynamic and supportive community.

In Islamic jurisprudence, ‘Khums,’ literally translating to ‘one-fifth‘, signifies a mandatory (wajib) religious tax applicable to various sources, with the most prevalent being surplus income derived from earnings and gains. The stipulated amount for Khums on surplus income is 20%.

If you’re new to fulfilling this religious duty or require a refresher on key details, our latest edition of the easy-to-digest Khums Guide provides a concise overview of essential rulings.

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

Your Khums supports education, humanitarian efforts, and community development globally.

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 (aj)). According to His Eminence al-Sayyid al-Sistani (d), the obligatory precaution is that this part must either be given to the most learned Marja, 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 (saw)) who are poor, orphans (only if poor), or stranded travellers (who may be self-sufficient in their home-town but become needy in foreign lands). This is called ‘Sahm-e Sadat’ (the Portion for Sayyids)