Taken and translated from https://m.facebook.com/myzakat/photos/a.146066715434757/2138627789511963/?type=3&source=57

Overpaying of Zakat from the Required Amount.


I receive a highly monthly salary from my employer, and sometimes I feel that it is not worth the work I have done. What is my monthly salary status from the Islamic aspect? I was worried, and then I took my way out by overpaying my zakat.


You can take the salary because it is included in the contract of employment that has been entered into between the employer and the employee.

Allah says through surah al Maidah verse 1 which means:

O you who have believed, fulfil [all] contracts.” [Al-Quran, Surah Al-Ma’idah (5):1]

So the salary is considered to be valid based on the employment contract between the employee and the employer.

Zakat is a special act of worship that is subject to certain terms.

Among the conditions of its implementation is that the amount of zakat payments is based on the calculations that have been decided according to Islamic law.

The act of overpaying the payment of zakat from the proper calculation is a good practice and is included as an act of virtue and kindness as stated by the word of Allah in surah al-Baqarah verse 184 (which meaning):

And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him.” [Al-Quran, Surah Al-Baqarah (2):184]

Similarly in the narration of Imam al-Bukhari which the Prophet said (that means):

One who has 39 goats is not obligatory of zakat for him unless he is willing and willing to pay him, (then he can issue zakat and the amil [collector] can accept it).”

There is also a fiqh method that states:

The more a deed or the sacrifice, the greater the reward.

In conclusion, your deeds are commendable and the payment of zakat according to Islam is obligatory while the overpayment of zakat is an act of virtue and kindness which is encouraged in Islam.

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