Why pay the zakat?

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Why pay the zakat?

Extract from the presentation on Zakat and its importance, by Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullah Ibn Baz, from the book "Fatwa on Zakat", {pages 3 to 6}, Assia editions.


Unfortunately, many Muslims neglect this important pillar. Many do not perform it properly when it comes to be the one of the five pillars of Islam in conformity with the Prophet's ﷺ word.

"Islam is built on five (pillars): The statement that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, the accomplishment of the prayer, Zakah’s payment, Ramadan’s fasting and the pilgrimage to the Sacred House" (Hadith reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim).


Zakat's benefits


This pillar has many benefits and brings great relief to impoverished people. From a social point of view, it strengthens the bonds of affection between rich and poor people, because souls are inclined to love those who do good to them. In another viewpoint, it also helps to purify the soul and preserve from avarice; the Qur'an evokes this in the following verse:

{Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah 's blessings] upon them.} (Quran 9: 103)


So Zakaah promotes the Muslim values ​​of generosity, altruism and compassion for needy people.

Moreover, it raises the blessing and increases goods and you must know that each gift is replaced by a better thing, according to the following verse:

{Say, "Indeed, my Lord extends provision for whom He wills of His servants and restricts [it] for him. But whatever thing you spend [in His cause] - He will compensate it; and He is the best of providers."}. (Surah 34, verse 39);


The prophet ﷺ said in an authentic hadith: "Allah said: "O son of Adam! Dispend (in Allah’s way) and We will support you. "

Otherwise, a terrible punishment awaits those who do not pay their zakat.


The punishment of those who do not pay the zakat


A painful punishment awaits the one who seems miserly or negligent in zakat’s discharge. Allah says:

{And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in Allah's way, announce to them a painful punishment on the day when (all) be brought to the filament in the light of the hell and they will be branded therewith front, sides and back: this is what you hoarded for yourselves. Taste what you used to hoard}. (Surah 9, verses 34-35)

Any property on which Zakat is not removed is hoarded fortune and will be for its owner the instrument of his punishment on the Day of Reckoning, as we can see it in this authentic hadith in which the Prophet ﷺ said:

{For each gold and silver owner that will not discharge the zakat on his property, we will make with his goods blades of fire that will be brought to glow in Hell’s fire on the Day of Resurrection and he will cauterized on the side, the front and the back. Every time they will cool down, the scene will start again in a day whose length is fifty thousand years, until judgment is pronounced among individuals and until he would perceived the way which will lead him either to Heaven or to Hell}.


In another authentic hadith, the Prophet ﷺ also said:

{The one who Allah gives wealth and who did not pay his zakat, the Day of Resurrection his wealth will seem to him in the look of a serpent head shaved by the content of his head in venom, with two black freckles above his eyes and will bind on his neck, then seize his jowls, saying: "I am your wealth, I am your hoarded wealth ." Then the Prophet ﷺ read the following verse: {And let not those who [greedily] withhold what Allah has given them of His bounty ever think that it is better for them. Rather, it is worse for them. Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection.} (Surah 3, verse 180).


Questions : asma_consulting@live.fr

Translation : Yasmine Benali. mail : yasmine.s.benali@gmail.com


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