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What are the benefits of paying Zakat which are mentioned in the Qur’an?
Paying Zakat has been associated to several physical and metaphysical benefits in the Quran. Some of them are as follows: 1) The means to attain Allah’s mercy “My Mercy extends to all things. That (Mercy) I shall ordain for those who have God-consciousness and give their Zakat and those...View More..
Are there any worldly harms mentioned for not paying Zakat?
Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: “No people refuse to pay the Zakat of their wealth, except they will be denied of receiving rain drops from the sky. Had there not been for the animals, they would never receive rain.” (Sunan Ibn Majah) This Hadith indicates...View More..
How many times is Zakat mentioned in the Qur’an?
The word Zakat is mentioned thirty-two times in the Quran; Thirty from the thirty-two are in the technical meaning of Zakat whilst two are in the linguistic meaning of Zakat. The two places are: 1) Sūrah al-Kahf (The Chapter of The Cave), verse 81 2) Sūrah Maryam (The Chapter of...View More..
What does the word ‘Zakat’ mean?
The word Zakat originates from the Arabic verb zaka, meaning to grow, to increase and to purify. When said about a person, it means to improve or to become better. In Islamic law, the word Zakat refers to the determined share of wealth prescribed by Allah to be distributed among...View More..
Why has Salat and Zakat been mentioned together repeatedly in the Qur’an?
From the five pillars, the Qur’an mentions the three pillars of Iman, Salat and Zakat together repeatedly. The great scholar, Imam al-‘Iraqi (d.806 AH) states that whoever performs these three pillars correctly, will be able to perform fasting and Hajj easily. Al-Kirmani (d.786 AH) mentions Salat and Zakat have more...View More..
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...View More..
What is the purpose of Zakat?
Islam primarily describes a state of subservience, along with a core set of beliefs and instituted acts. The Prophet (may Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him) stated that Islam, that is the same state of subservience, is built on five distinctive acts: ‘Testifying that there is no god but...View More..