Zakat or Obligatory CharityThe fourth Pillar of Islam is an obligatory charity. The deep meaning of Zakat is: Increase, Purification and Blessing or praise
Zakah Zakah is a portion of one’s wealth that must be given to the poor or to other specified causes. The word “zakah” comes from the verb meaning to purify or cleanse. It is the third Pillar of Islam and is obligatory for all those who are financially able.
Jurisprudential meaning ofZakat The jurisprudential meaning of Zakat is the payment of a portion of wealth from one’s own wealth to a defined category of needy recipients, who have a natural right on one’s wealth when certain conditions of wealth are fulfilled.
It is an obligatory financial worshipto Allah It is an act of worship that purifies the wealth of a rich Muslim, as well as brings increase to it through the blessings of Allah when the wealthy chooses to share it with the less fortunate or needy.
Why? The secondary objective of Zakat is to fulfilment of one’s obligation for the society and taking care of them who need one most.
Why? Every year one purifies one’s wealth to obey Allah and to appreciate Allah’s abundant gifts, which are not just to enjoy selfishly but to share with others. This is to fulfil the obligations under the 4th pillar of Islam.
Why? Paying zakat is Fard (compulsory). The Quran says that only those who pay zakat are in the "brotherhood of faith“ The Holy Quran also says that Zakat purifies assets and creates virtue Zakât is the major economic means for “establishing social justice and leading the Muslim society to prosperity and security. “
The recipients of charity are The poor, unable to earn his living The destitute who is in dire need The obligatory charity worker, as a wage due to his/her responsibilities of collecting, accounting, managing, distributing Zakat Those whose hearts have reconciled but finding difficulties to settle Those who are in debt and have no ability to pay off Those who are in any kind of obligatory duties of God but unable to pay The needy travellers.
Zakah The Hadith says, ”He who eats and drinks while his brother goes hungry, is not one of us.” What does this mean?
What are the zakatable assets Gold Silver Cash, bank notes Bank balances Wealth loaned to another Any alloy where the quantity or gold or silver exceeds the other metal Inventory of the business Livestock and food crops Mined wealth
The Lunar Year Zakat is calculated according to the lunaryear. Counting starts when the amount ofmoney attains the Nisab (the minimumamount on which Zakat should be paid).This includes all kinds of Zakat exceptZakat on agriculture, fruits, mineral assetsand Rikaz (metals found in the earth).
The Rate of Zakat to be paid 1/40th of the wealth or 2.5%
This charity is obligatory upon every free Muslim, a sane person and an adult
Other charities, beyond the obligatorycharity Beyond and over this obligatory charity Zakat, everyone who can afford voluntary charity is encouraged to give it. Fulfilling these duties with strong faith in Allah and in excellence are very important part of achieving Taqwa.
Zakat Rules Muslim Scholars have summarized Zakat Rules as follow :- Zakat is a obligatory from Allah.- Zakat is a Financial Worship .- Zakat is a Believe .- Zakat is Compulsory to Muslims.- Zakat is Due to an assigned Receivers.
Zakat must be given from halalsource- -Zakatable wealth is gained from Good and Halal Sources, but Tax to the Government may come from both Halal & Non-Halal Sources.
In the Quran“ Zakat are for the Poor, and the Needly, andThose Employed to administer the funds, for those whose hearts have been recently reconciled to Truth , for those in Bondage and in Debt , In the cause of Allah , and the Wayfarer , Ordained by Allah , and Allah is full of knowledge and Wisdom . “( Al Tawbah -60 )
Help people privately Help just to please Allah Never expect any return Never feel proud of your ability Help people with respect Honour everyone Poorer people have got share in your money
Share your joy andhappiness withothers!InshaAllha Allah willreturn you in manyfolds.Be happy whenothers are happy!
Wa akhiru Dawana,Anilhamdulillahi Rabbil-Alameen