Zakat

Zakat Introduction

Islam and Zakat

As one of the pillars of Islam, zakat is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease the suffering of millions. With the literal meaning of the word being 'to cleanse’, Its status in Islam is very high and no one can deny it. It is the act of purifying one’s

wealth as well as soul. Paying zakat is beneficial for both the giver and taker because

as it gives financial assistance to the taker on the other hand by giving off zakat, the

giver purifies his wealth and soul. He comes out of his greed and thirst for saving money

for himself. Whatever the blessings we have been given from Allah Almighty is not just

for ourselves but it is to be shared among those who need it. Therefore, it is important to pay zakat instead of keeping the money saved for one self. Muslims pay zakat in order to obey Allah’s command.

As the Quran says:

 خُذْمِنْأَمْوَالِھِمْصَدَقَةًتُطَھِّرُھُمْوَتُزَكِّیھِمبِھَا

Take from their wealth so that you might purify and sanctify them”

Zakat is a path that leads the payer to Allah’s goodwill. And the one who is eligible of

paying zakat but still ignores it shall be punished strictly at the day of Judgement. Zakat

secures the status of poor and needy people of society. The payer or distributors of

zakat makes sure that it has been given to the deserving and in this way they can fulfil

their basic necessities of life. All well-to-do Muslims give it to the needy people of society. Zakat is paid to those, Muslims who cannot live on their daily wages.

Salah is worship by body and Zakat is worship by wealth. But at 70 places in the Holy

Book of Instructions, Qur’an, the command of offering Salah (namaz) and paying Zakat

coexist.

Glorious Allah states in Holy Quran:

.... and establish regular Zakat and give regular Zakat,

Almighty Allah has greatly emphasized on the importance of paying Zakat. More than

eighty times, it has been mentioned in Holy Qur’an:

فَأَقِیمُواالصَّلَاةَوَآتُواالزَّكَاةَوَاعْتَصِمُوابِاللَّـھِ

So establish Salah and give Zakat, and hold fast to Allah”

The Qur’an says in Surah Al-Ahzab:

“And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of

ignorance, and perform Salah, and give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger, the

Holy Prophet (PBUH).”