IMPORTANCE OF ZAKAAT
- Zakat is a monetary devotion and an Ibaadat that has been ordained in the Shariat of all the Ambiya (Peace be upon them). Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam.
- Zakat literally means to increase. Technically it means to purify one’s possession of wealth by distributing a prescribed amount which has to be given to the poor as a fundamental Ibaadat.
- Zakat is not a governmental tax, but it’s main purpose is to keep those who are wealthy monetarily, clean from sins. Zakat was made compulsory at Makkah at the same time as Salaah. This can be seen in the Surahs of the Qur’an where the laws of Zakat are mentioned. The amount, distribution, etc. was defined at Madinah in the second year of Hijri.