The concept of Zakat entails donating a portion of your wealth to those in need. In a very basic sense, it essentially that Muslims look out for one another; particularly those brothers and sisters who are in need. It serves as a means to create awareness among Muslims about the state of the Muslim Ummah (the Muslim community); to unite brothers and band them together to come to the aid of those in need.
Important Zakat Facts
Below we will highlight a few key facts pertaining to Zakat. We believe our readers will find them informative and useful in ensuring they fulfil this Obligation of Islam the right way with the best of intention.
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“And establish regular prayers and give regular charity; and loan to God a beautiful loan. And whatever good ye send forth for your souls, ye shall find it in God's presence, Yea, better and greater in reward and seek ye the grace of God: for God is most forgiving, Most Merciful."
The underlying goal of this information is to introduce the concept of Zakat to everyone. Paying Zakat is also a means of creating a spiritual connection with Allah (S.W.T) which is absolutely integral and important to being a good Muslim. It also provides Muslims with the opportunity to get involved in the community and play their part for its betterment and wellbeing. It is a noble cause.
It is absolutely imperative for parents to educate their children early on about the concept of Zakat and its importance in Islam. They should be reminded that Zakat just like Salat and Sayam (fasting) is Fardh (compulsory) on all able Muslims.
Muslim Aid is a non-profit relief aid and development organisation working in different parts of the world in an effort to assist the needy in every capacity and to get them back on their feet. Part of our goal is to create awareness about the religious obligation of Zakat among the Muslim community. With that being said, we hope that this information will prove to be helpful and insightful and it will encourage Muslims to pay Zakat graciously and generously this year, come Ramadan.