What is the function of Zakat in the community?
Zakat plays a huge role in establishing Islam in the lives of individuals and the community, by resourcing them in such a way that barriers to ongoing faithfulness at both an individual and collective level are reduced or removed altogether. Zakat has a direct benefit for the payer and the society. Hence, Shah Walilullah (d.1176 AH) states that the benefits of Zakat go back to the payer and to the society . In other words, the growth of ‘subservience to Allah’ takes place in the payer and the society with Zakat. As far as the payer is concerned, his personal Islam is established and strengthened by believing in the obligation of Zakat and paying Zakat accurately. In respect to the society, then the cornerstone of its Islam and subservience to Allah being strengthened is by the holistic, strategic distribution of Zakat.