Why is Zakat (Zakah) important?
Zakat (Zakaat, Zakah) is a fundamental pillar of Islam. Each Muslim must fulfil in their lifetime if they are eligible. Therefore, it is an important duty to incorporate into the purpose of the everyday life of a Muslim, along with the other sacred pillars. For example, Shahadah (declaration of oneness of God), Salah (prayer), Sawm (fasting), and Hajj (pilgrimage).
Overall, it is also a revolutionary concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world.
As Allah (SWT) tells us in the Holy Qur’an:
“And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah” (Qur’an 2:110)
Here are 5 more reasons why Zakat (Zakah) is important:
1. Fulfilment of the five pillars.
An integral part of being a Muslim is fulfilling the five pillars of Islam as ordained by Allah. Each of these pillars have their own unique wisdom and power in the world. Zakat is special for countless reasons. For example, the shared responsibility humanity has towards each other. Furthermore, it teaches us important lessons about our relationship with wealth.
2. Increases closeness to Allah and Imaan.
Acts of worship are means of closeness to Allah (SWT). Allah says in the Qur’an:
“And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more beloved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him.” (Sahih Bukhari)
3. It purifies wealth.
Islam highly regards obligatory or voluntary charitable deeds. It is said to purify whatever remains of the wealth of a Muslim.
“Whoever pays the Zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him” (Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabarani)
4. Ensures the re-distribution of wealth.
Allah says that those in need have a right over those with wealth. Zakat is one way of ensuring that those rights are fulfilled. Muslims are reminded of a dear sense of brotherhood and humanity. More importantly, they are reminded to share their wealth with their brethren.
“Those in whose wealth there is a recognised right for the needy and the poor” [Qur’an 70:24-25]
5. Relieves suffering and bolsters the Muslim community.
So many of our Muslim brothers and sisters across the world do not have sufficient means to live a life free of suffering. By donating, you are helping to alleviate the immense struggle of those who go without the basic necessities each day. Zakat is transformative and powerful and impacts the lives of many who are in need.