We love to make a new zakat collection container every year for one of our Ramadan crafts.
Zakat means “that which purifies” and in Arabic it is pronounced as زكاة or zakāh. It is one of the 5 Pillars of Islam and required of all Muslims who are able to participate. Some view it like a self-imposed religious tax.
In the past, we have made our zakat boxes out of ice cream containers, wood boxes, picture frames, food containers and even a wicker basket. This year I found this container that reminded me of the minarets in Morocco, which all had flat tops.
I brought it home and used Gallery Glass paint to turn it into a minaret with a door and two windows. The only other supply I needed was stickers to spell out the word zakat, so my family knows what to put into the container. At the end of the month, we will donate the money to a local charity.
- Gallery Glass in green, blue & pink
- Black lead paint
- Letter stickers
- Porceline container
I made sure my container was clean before I got started. I first placed the stickers on the side and then added the doors and windows with the black liquid leading. I also added an outline around the top lip.
I filled the door and window space with the green and blue colors and added the pink to the top.
I left my zakat collection box lying flat for a full 24 hours for everything to dry before placing it by the front door.
If you enjoying learning how to make this zakat box, make sure you stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.