• The basic idea of Zakat is being charitable and giving goods and money to others who have less.• Zakat translates to the word “purification.” Muslims believed that wealth was more pure if you were charitable.• Muhammad introduced this idea when he told the rich to give to the poor.
• In Islam, all Muslims gave Zakat in one way or another. It was mandatory to give 2.5% of your crop surpluses or money to the poor. • Zakat also helped pay school tuition for needy children, as well as paying teachers.
Zakat in Medieval Times • Money went towards building public fountains, because not everyone had clean water. • Inns were constructed with charity money to house travelers and pilgrims.
• Zakat is similar to the mandatory donations of the Jews and Christians, which• In Muslim countries today, are called tithes. Zakat is still present.• Soup kitchens, shelters, hospitals, and orphanages are built and ran, and clothes are distributed.