What is Zakat in Islam?

(Bilal, Rawalpindi)

Zakat is the purification of properties. It is the one pillar of Islam and the second pillar of Islam because Allah placed Zakat next to Prayer. It is the most important part of the wealth and Muslims must pay this Zakat annually to help of poor people of the society. It is compulsory on a free Muslim whether major or minor, sans or insane.
Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“Keep up prayer and pay Zakat”.
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa sallam) said:
“Islam is founded on five pillars of Islam-
1-There is no deity but Allah and Muhammad (Sallallaho Alaihi Wa Sallam) is His servant and messenger, and to bear witness to this formula,
2-To keep up prayers,
3-To pay Zakat
4-To fast and
5-To make Pilgrimage”.
The punishment of those who do not pay Zakat has been mentioned in this ayat of Quran.
“Give good news of grievous punishment to those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend in the way of Allah”.
To spend means here to pay the compulsory duty of Zakat.
Hazrat Abu Zarr said while passing by that way said:
Give good news to those who heard up wealth that such firm impressions will be put on their backs which will come out after piercing their sides, that such firm impressions will be put on their forehead that it will come out of their back of the head.
Abu Zarr said:
I came to the prophet who was then seated in the shade of the Ka’bah. He said to me: By the Lord of Ka’bah, they are unbond. I asked: Who are they? He said: Those who increase their wealth and not those who spend in this way, in their fronts, in their backs, in their right sides, in their left sides, but their numbers are few. Those who have got camels, cattle, sheep and goats and who do not pay Zakat will meet with these animals in huge forms on the Resurrection Day. They will attack them with their horns and will tread upon them by their hoofs. If one party go away, another party will come. This will continue till the people are brought for Judgment.
This punishment has been described by Sahi Bakhari and Muslims. So the details of Zakat should be learnt.
Zakat of Gold and Silver:
There is very harshly punish for those who do not pay Zakat in theirs life. Zakat of Silver is one fortieth of pure silver if not less than 52 ½ tolas and Gold not less than 7 ½ tolas. This is the Nisab fixed for which Zakat is due. This proportion will continue in case of the value of Gold and Silver or of things made of them if they are in possession for full one year. For ornaments of Gold and Silver which are for use, there is no Zakat according to Imam Abu Hanifa. It is due on money on loan after the loan is paid.

 

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Zakat is just like an Islamic way to keep your earning clean and remove any greed from your heart, this process destroys the love of money in the heart of Muslim.
By: pervez, khi on Apr, 13 2018
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To spend means here to pay the compulsory duty of Zakat it is necessary and everyone must pay Zakat on time.
By: Saman, Jhelum on Feb, 13 2018
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Giving Zakat is important pillar fo Islam and everyone should gives Zakat to people who are needy and don't ask for money but another hand they need.
By: Zafar, Karachi on Feb, 05 2018
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Zakat provides so many benefits which are beyond our comprehension. It stabilizes the society and put things in order of peace and prosperity.
By: Khalid, Lahore on Jan, 18 2018
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