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Monday, 23 May 2011

Know about Zakat and importance of Zakat

The word " Zakat " is used in two senses :-

1. GROWTH OR INCREASE EXPLANATION :-
It means the persons who pays Zakat regularly, Allah increases his wealth and dignity. Some people we think that when a person Gives Zakat, his wealth decreases but God says that by giving Zakat wealth increases.

2. PURIFICATION :-
God says that wealth is impure unless Zakat is deducted from the wealth. So Zakat purifies the wealth. So in other words it is the purification of soul character, life and wealth.
Zakat is paid by the Sahib-e-Nisab ( wealthy people ) to the poor and needy people.

IMPORTANCE OF ZAKAT

1. Compulsory :-
Zakat is compulsory on the wealth of Muslims.

2. Purification of Soul :-
Zakat purifies the soul and character of the Zakat payer. It makes him humble and God fearing.

3. Purification of Wealth :-
It purifies the wealth, otherwise it is impure.

4. Solution for Unequal Distribution of Wealth :-
Islam is against the concentration of wealth in a few hands. In a capitalism all the profit goes in the pockets of few persons and society is divided into two classes rich and poor. In Islamic system Zakat goes from rich to poor and it removes the unequal distribution of wealth.

5. Solution for Unemployment :-
Zakat is very useful in removing the unemployment. If the Zakat is given to the poor, it will increase their effective demand so producer will increase the production and will employ more labourers.

6. Creates Love in Human beings :-
When the rich people give Zakat to poor, they begin to love each other. So it creates the sense of brotherhood.

7. Solution for Depression :-
If the people hold the money in the shape of cash or gold, they will have to pay Zakat, so people prefer to do the business instead of hoarding. The rate of investment, production and employment will increase.

8. Elimination of Poverty :-
When the wealth goes from rich to poor it removes the poverty in the country. Poor and needy people get the money according to their requirements.

9. Treasury of Islam :-
Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) called Zakat the treasury of Islam. Poor and needy people get the money according to the requirements.

10. Insurance Company of Muslims :-
It is a very simple principle, today you are rich you should pay Zakat to the poor and needy people of the society. If at any time you feel any financial problem the other members of the society who will be "Sahib-e-Nisab" they will help you. So after paying Zakat you have insured yourself and you are free from every fear. You have also opened an account in the Book of Allah and he will also repay you more than this to the next world.

11. Reduction in Crimes :-
Various crimes like theft and robbery are caused due to poverty , consequently there will be reduction in crimes.

12. Wide Circulation of Wealth :-
When wealth goes from rich to poor, the poor propensity to consume will rise and producer will produce more commodities to meet the demand. In this way circulation of wealth will increase and depression will never occur in the economy.

2 comments:

Quran Tutor 24 May 2011 at 03:14  

Zakat is Obligatory charity and it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat means the wealth given in the way of Allah to get purity of heart and to get the blessings of Allah. The basic purpose of zakat is to circulate the money.Allah says in the Quran: "And there are those who hoard gold and silver and do not spend it in the way of Allah, announce to them a most grievous penalty (when) on the Day of Judgment heat will be produced out of that wealth in the fire of Hell. Then with it they will be branded on their forehead and their flanks and backs. (It will be said to them) This is the treasure which you hoarded for yourselves, taste then the treasure that you have been hoarding." (Al-Quran 9:34-35)

Learn Quraan 5 June 2014 at 21:04  


Charity( ZAKAT)

Asma’a reported that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w said: “Spend and don’t count lest Allah counts for you, and don’t hoard up lest Allah withhold from you. Spend what you can.

Bukhari & Muslim

Commentary:

If you keep strict account of your charity, Allah will also keep strict account of His gifts and wealth on you. This principle applies everywhere. Suppose a rich father gave his son some coins of silver and then asked back for one of them. He did not return it fearing that it would fall short of purchasing sweets. His father laughed and said: “How foolish is the boy! He does not understand where the money comes from.” Had he returned it to him, he would have given him more, because a father, is pleased with his son, he gives more.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w said: “The Almighty Allah says: O son of Adam! Spend, you will then be spent for.”

Bukhari & Muslim

Commentary:

You will be given wealth and rewards from the treasures of Allah, in case you give away in charity, because a cistern when vacated is usually filled up and that which remains filled up without consumption is not at all filled up. The Qur’an says: “And whatever thing you spend, it will be given in exchange.”

Abu Omamah reported that the Messenger of Allah s.a.w said: “O son of Adam! That you spend wealth is good for you and that you withhold it is bad for you, and you should not be backbitten for miserliness. Begin with those who are in you family.”

Muslim

Commentary:

First of all, every man should provide the necessities to his family members and then there is the question of charity in case of surplus. In such a case, a gift to family members will bring greater rewards than a gift to strangers.

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