Zakat ~ A respite to Poor and Destitute
What is zakat
Zakat is an obligation imposed on a Muslim to pay 2.5% of the income he earns during a calendar year to the Poor and needy.The word Zakat comes 88 times in Quran. ZAKAT means “that which purifies”.It is a form of obligatory alms-giving and religious tax in Islam.Allah enjoined Zakat upon the faithful believer,making it a third pillar of Islam.
How is zakat a Blessing ?
1) ZAKAH PURIFY THE HEART FROM SELFISHNESS AND GREED
Love of Wealth is an innate human tendency.Paying Zakat purify the wealth and increase the halal earning.
Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah ‘s blessings] upon them. Indeed, your invocations are reassurance for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.(9:103 -surah Al tawbah)
2) ZAKAH IS AN EXPRESSION OF WORSHIP AND TOTAL SUBMISSION OF ALLAH
And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.(98:5 )
3) ZAKAH ENCORPORATES THE CONCEPT OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND RELATIVE EQUALITY AMONG MEMBERS OF SOCIETY:
When the wealthy distributethe annual amount of Zakat amont the rightful beneficieries,wealth ceases to build up in a few hands and instead kept in constant circulation.
Sahih international: SURAH aL HASHR -59:7
And what Allah restored to His Messenger from the people of the towns – it is for Allah and for the Messenger and for [his] near relatives and orphans and the [stranded] traveler – so that it will not be a perpetual distribution among the rich from among you. And whatever the Messenger has given you – take; and what he has forbidden you – refrain from. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is severe in penalty.
4) ZAKAH HAS LOTS OF REWARD.
Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.
5) ZAKAH IS A MULTIPLIER OF WEALTH
And whatever you give for interest to increase within the wealth of people will not increase with Allah . But what you give in zakah, desiring the countenance of Allah – those are the multipliers.
Want to learn more about Zakah like who is eligible for Zakat and how to calculate Zakat ? There are a number of videos in You tube about Zakah and there are good books in this topic available too . If you think you still won’t be able to calculate zakah by yourself ,then you can consult any scholar and ask them to help you .