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IMPORTANCE OF ZAKAT IN ISLAM
Written by Sidik Caba
Thursday, 14 November 2013 07:07
1. THE MEANING OF ZAKAT AND ITS IMPORTANCE
Zakat is the Fourth Pillar of Islam. It is an obligation (Fard), prescribed by God on those Muslim men and women who possess enough means, to distribute a certain percentage of their annual savings or capital in goods or money among the poor and the needy. Zakat is assessed once a year on both capital and savings from income.
The literal meaning of the word zakat is 'purity'. The Prophet (peace be on him) has said: "God has made zakat obligatory simply to purify your remaining property." There is no equivalent practice in other religions. Hence, while terms such as 'charity " poor-tax', 'alms-tax' and 'poor-due' have been coined by various translators, none of these terms actually conveys the true sense of the word zakat. Zakat is not a tax levied by a government, nor is it a voluntary contribution. It is first and foremost a duty enjoined by God and hence a form of worship. In Qur'an the payment of zakat is frequently mentioned in the same sentence or verse as the establishment of salat(prayers).
"Lo! Those who believe and do good deeds and establish salat and pay zakat, their reward is with their Sustainer; and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve." (2:277)
"These are verses of the Book full of wisdom, a guide and mercy to the doers of good -those who establish salat and pay zakat and have the assurance of the Hereafter. These are on guidance from their Sustainer, and these are the ones who will prosper." (31 :1-5)
After committing a sin, a person who fears Allah and give high respect to Him would feel a sense of despondency and despair thinking, "How will God forgive me for this sin?" However, it is noteworthy that despairing of God's mercy is in itself one of the major sins in Islam for God is ever merciful, ever forgiving.
As He says in the Qur'an:
"Do not despair of God's mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins”. Qur’an (39:53).
HAJJ TO MAKKAH: thousands of Muslims reply to the Call of their Lord
As usual thousands of thousands of Muslims are to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca this year. They will travel from all around the world to meet in one place: The holy House of God. They do so as a reply to the Call of our forefather Ibrahim (A.S), as Allah's recommendation. The pilgrimage to the House of Allah is the fifth and last pillar of Islam. This journey has been made compulsory for every believing man and woman who has the means to undertake it. As it can be understood, the accomplishment of Hajj is an obligation at a specific period in the Muslim calendar. Allah (S.W.T) says in this regard: “And the Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) to the House of Allah (Ka’bah) is a duty that mankind owes to Allah, those who can afford the expenses; and whoever disbelieves (denies hajj to makkah, then he is a disbeliever to Allah), Allah does not stand in need of any of the Alamin (mankind, Jinn and all that exists)”S3, V97.
Hajj or pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam, which consists in travelling to the Holy City of Makkah, with the intention to worship Allah. Like the other four pillars of Islam, Hajj has been made compulsory by Allah upon all the Believers not only to better their behaviours but also with the view to teaching them two Islamic cardinal values known as humility and modesty. In this regards, Allah said: “And it is a duty to people towards Allah to perform the pilgrimage in the House of Allah. And whoever disbelieves.... certainly Allah does not stand in need of all creatures”.S3,V97.
Fasting on the day of Arafah is an expiation for two years. :
The ninth day of Dhul-Hijjah is the day of ’Arafah, since it is on this day that the pilgrims gather at the mountain plain of ’Arafah, praying and supplicating to their Lord. It is mustahabb (highly recommended) for those who are not pilgrims to fast on this day, since the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was asked about fasting on the day of ’Arafah, so he said, “It expiates the sins (Minor) of the past year and the coming year.” [Muslim (no. 1162)]
Imaam at-Tirmidhee (d.275H) - rahimahullaah – said, “The People of Knowledge consider it recommended to fast on the day of ’Arafah, except for those at ’Arafah.” [Muslim (no. 1348)]
Allah frees slaves from the fire on Arafat more than any other day
Likewise, the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘There is no day on which Allaah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of ’Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” [Jaami’ut-Tirmidhee (3/377)]