Zakat is the third pillar of Islam. It is therefore one of the foundations for living a prosperous and meaningful life. The beloved Messenger of Allah (saw) affirmed the importance of Zakat in the famous hadith, when questioned by Jibril about Islam, He (saw) responded “Islam is to testify that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, to establish prayer, to pay Zakat , to fast in Ramadan, and to make pilgrimage to Makkah if you are able to do so.” Sahih Hadith.
Zakat is first and foremost a compulsory act of worship and not simply a voluntary act of charity. This important distinction is critical in understanding that Zakat doesn’t just change the life of the receiver of the Zakat or society in general but also has a significant impact on the life of the giver. Therefore, one should always remember that the paying of Zakat is primarily for one’s own self.
The word zakat literally means ‘that which purifies’. It comes from the root letters Za, Kay and Ya which have been used in the Quran numerous times with several related meanings: to be clean (24:21 and 23:4), to pay the obligatory charity (2:43), to be pure, innocent (19:19, 18:74), to increase in purity (18:81 and 19:13), and to claim purity (53:32).
Zakat is thus considered the way to purify one’s income and wealth from any impurities in its acquisition. It further purifies the soul from miserliness and it also reminds Muslims that their wealth is from Allah and therefore they have been obligated to spending in the way of Allah. In doing so, it cures from the illness of the love of worldly possessions.
This Ramadan, when you give your Zakat through Zohra Foundation, you can be sure that your money will be used entirely in accordance with Shari’ah guidance on the most needy of causes Insha’Allah. You can learn more about our work this Ramadan by clicking [here]. Please ensure that you inform us that the donation is for Zakat when making payment so that we can ensure it is spent appropriately.