This year, Shuroi Ulamo (Council of Ulema – Tajikistan’s highest Islamic institution) has set the contribution for zakat for Muslims having annual income of no less than 32,000 somonis (TJS) at TJS800.00 somonis, according to the Committee on Religious Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan. 

The amount of Zakat was reportedly announced at a general meeting of the Shuroi Ulamo that took place in Dushanbe on March 17. 

Zakat is a form of alms-giving treated in Islam as a religious obligation or tax,] which, by Quranic ranking, is next after prayer (salat) in importance.

As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth. It is a mandatory charitable contribution, often considered to be a tax.

Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one's possessions.  It is customarily 2.5% (or 1/40) of a Muslim's total savings and wealth above a minimum amount known as nisab, but Islamic scholars differ on how much nisab is and other aspects of zakat.  According to Islamic doctrine, the collected amount should be paid to the poor, the needy.

Today, in most Muslim-majority countries, zakat contributions are voluntary, while in a handful (Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Yemen), zakat is mandated and collected by the state.

Meanwhile, the rate of Sadaqat al-Fitr has been set this year at 7.00 somonis.  Sadaqat al-Fitr is a duty which is required of every Muslim during the holy month of Ramadan, whether male or female, minor or adult as long as he/she has the means to do so.

This amount is reportedly based on an average price for two kilograms of wheat.

For wealthy people, that rate of Sadaqat al-Fitr in Tajikistan at 80 somonis. This amount is based on an average price for two kilograms of raisins.