Zakat is an
Arabic word; it roughly means the poor due.
A Muslim who
is able to give of his money and belongings every year, will give it to help the
poor people and those who are in need.
Zakat is not a form of tax.
Zakat is not a form of charity.
Zakat is a
duty on every able Muslim. He has to give to the poor and the needy to help
them. He may give it in two ways:
through some kind of authority
when this authority is available.
is essential that every able Muslim give of his left over earnings every year.
Zakat is the third act of worship in Islam, it is a form of Ibadat. We give of
our money to purify our earnings. Zakat will help the needy people, and is
given in obedience to Allah's Command. When it is done by every able man, the
whole community will be greatly helped.
HOW DOES IT HELP?
When many able persons give of their money or produce every year, this money and
goods will go to helpthe poor. This means that the
rich and able
people will have slightly less money at their disposal, but this will not hurt
them. When the money goes to the poor and those who badly need it, it will help
them live better. They will be in better shape and they will be able to eat and
dress better. They will be healthier.
The amount of Zakat is small, and when it is given it will not hurt those who
give it. But this amount, though small it is, will help the poor a good deal,
because it can buy them the food they need, the clothes they put on, and it will
make it easier for them to live.
HOW WILL THIS HELP THE
When the poor people get the extra money, they will be better able to afford to
buy what they need. This may stop them from having to beg, or steal food or
what they need. It will make life easier for them. To be poor is very
difficult, especially if you cannot eat well. A very hungry person who cannot
buy food or clothes may be forced to steal or do something bad.
the poor person can have this extra money, he will complain less, and he will be
better satisfied. He and his family will be able to buy rather than steal and
to sleep with a full stomach rather than an empty one.
THEREFORE ZAKAT IS OUR HUMANE
Zakat is our religious as well as our humane duty. It is our moral duty too.
Zakat is not a charity. When we give of our money, we are not doing a favor to
those who receive it. It is actually an honor to give to them, it is a way in
which we purify our earnings every year. Every able Muslim has this duty on his
shoulders. Zakat is a must, it is decreed in Islam.
DO WE HAVE TO PAY EVERY YEAR?
mentioned before, we have to give every year if we can afford it. We pay a
certain amount of money from whatever is left of our earnings at the end of that
Islam, we are encouraged to live in moderation. This means we should not waste, and we should not live too
luxuriously. When a good Muslim
lives this way, he may have some extra money on hand at the end of the year.
over from his
earnings should be purified from the Islamic point of view. This purification
is accomplished by giving Zakat as Islam orders it.
Zakat purifies our wealth, it will give us a feeling of goodness inside, a
feeling of doing good and being of help. It makes us feel that all things
belong to Allah, and what we have at hand by the grace of God, should be used
for His sake.
HOW MUCH DO WE HAVE TO PAY?
Zakat consists of only a small percentage of the left over earnings; it has to
go for helping less fortunate people. Zakat amounts to two and one‑half percent
of the left over earnings, but a different percentage of produce.
Let us give an example: If by the end of the year you have $100.00 left over,
the 2.5% of this $100.00 is only a small $2.50. You cannot say that this is too
much to give. Yet, this small amount from every good Muslim can amount to a
good sum of money that will go to help the poor.
you are a farmer however, the percentage of the produce and the goods is
different. You don't have to give only money, you may give extra produce from
the farm or other goods.
IS ZAKAT AN ACT OF WORSHIP?
Zakat is an act of worship, it is the third sacred duty of Ibadat. Zakat is an
act of worship, it purifies our souls. It will teach us the beautiful sense of
giving. It will help us learn to share our wealth with others, people who are
not as fortunate as we are.
Zakat will help us learn not to become selfish and keep all the money to
ourselves. Zakat helps us learn that money and wealth are gifts from Almighty
God, and that we should share it with the needy and disadvantaged. It is a
noble thing to do.
The poor will feel good in receiving it, especially if they know that the money
is not a charity. It is their right to receive it. Zakat will make everyone
feel good inside, and be aware that we all belong to the Islamic Ummah
IS ZAKAT GIVEN ONLY TO THE
Money of the Zakat goes to many people in special unfortunate situations. It
those in bondage
in the cause of God
some other special worthy purposes.
WHEN SHOULD WE START GIVING?
give the Zakat when we become old enough to work for ourselves and are able to
support ourselves. When we work and make money, we support our family first and
foremost. If we can afford to give the Zakat after we support our family, then
we ought to start doing so every year.
CAN WE HELP IN OTHER WAYS?
Certainly we can and Islam encourages us to do so. We can be charitable.
If we are good
to our friends, then we will have done an act of charity.
If we are good
to our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, then we are doing an act of
If we are
kind, sweet and considerate to others, then we have done a good act of charity.
If we help the
sick, the weak, the blind and the deaf, then we will be doing a good act of
All these acts
are acts of goodness, and Islam encourages us very much to be good, very good.
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Being good in school or being a good Muslim, a gentleman, or a lady, are also
acts of charity.
Not talking behind someone's back and not hurting others, are acts of charity.
There are many, many more examples.
the good of the society is an act of charity. All these acts of charity, are
certainly acts of worship.
When we do all these things, we should not brag about them.
WHY NOT BRAG ABOUT THEM?
When we do acts of charity, or when we give the Zakat, it is not good to brag
about it. It may be poor taste or even bad manners.
Neither should we ever use our Zakat to gain some favors or influence. Zakat is
to help the needy for the sake of Allah (swt) and nothing else.
Nor should we remind others of what we do for them, so that we don't hurt their
SHALL I KEEP IT A SECRET?
are giving Zakat and doing our charity because it is a duty on our shoulders.
As Muslims, we are honored to be able to do good and to prevent evil.
When we give Zakat we don't ask for any favors in return, nor should we expect
any gains, except with the Almighty.
What is Zakat?
Is Zakat a form of
How does Zakat
help the community?
How will the poor
benefit from the Zakat?
Do you have to pay
the Zakat every year?
What does Zakat do
to our wealth?
How much money do
we have to pay a year?
Is Zakat a way of
Will Zakat help us
learn about our wealth?
Who receives the
Can you help in
Why is it better
not to keep talking about the Zakat?
When should a
person start paying Zakat?
What does the
Zakat teach us?
Is Zakat a duty on
every Muslim who is capable?
Does Zakat hurt
How much do you
think the poor will benefit from the Zakat?
How will the poor
use the funds from the Zakat?
Is Zakat our
religious duty or moral duty, or both?
When you give the
Zakat, is it a favor to the poor or an honor to give?
is very good. How can you be charitable in the school?
Give us some
examples of charitable acts.