Happiness is the objective of life for every human. Various efforts have been exhausted for the sake of attaining tranquillity, order, and satisfaction in this life. Islam drives mankind to attain blissfulness that is in accordance with the Syariah of Allah.
Happiness will be attained when we fully obey all of the commands of Allah including aiding others in difficulties by fulfilling the zakat. Allah will award happiness and serenity to mankind when they are generous, concerned, and loving others.
Allah mentions in Surah at-Tawbah, verse 103 (which means):
“Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [Allah’s blessings] upon them. Indeed, your invocations are reassurance for them. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” (Surah at-Tawbah : 103)
Indeed, the ibadah of zakat ordained upon mankind promise happiness upon oneself and the society, prosperity throughout the land, and success in this world and the Hereafter. Among the happiness promised by Allah are:
1. Fulfilling the zakat will make us slaves having utmost taqwa. Therefore, have taqwa and Allah will bestow success and ease in our lives in this world and the Hereafter, as mentioned in Surah al-Layl, verses 5-11 (which means):
“As for he who gives and fears Allah, and believes in the best [reward], We will ease him toward ease. But as for he who withholds and considers himself free of need, and denies the best [reward], We will ease him toward difficulty. And what will his wealth avail him when he falls?” (Surah al-Layl : 5-11)
2. Verily, zakat is a very profitable investment for us in the Hereafter. Its rewards are multiplied not just once or ten times but 700 times! In fact, it is way more than what we can even imagine. Allah mentions in Surah al-Baqarah, verse 261 (which means):
“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.” (Surah al-Baqarah : 261)
3. Through zakat, it is a means provided by Allah for all us to attain His Pleasure. In addition, it serves as tazkiyyah annafs (purification of the soul) for us so as to not become negligent and heedless upon the blessings bestowed upon us. Allah mentions in Surah an-Noor, verses 37 and 38 (which means):
“Men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts from the remembrance of Allah and performance of prayer and giving of zakaah. They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will [fearfully] turn about – that Allah may reward them [according to] the best of what they did and increase them from His bounty. And Allah gives provision to whom He wills without account.” (Surah an-Noor : 37-38)
4. Zakat can spur economic growth that is balanced through the redistribution of wealth to the asnaf (eligible zakat recipients). In addition, it is a form of purification for the wealth and soul of those fulfilling its obligation. For the asnaf who are the recipients of zakat, they will be able to improve their household income, thus eliminating envy and rancour amongst mankind. In result, society becomes peaceful, united, and economically sound, with educational excellence and Muslim unity becoming solidified and perfect.
5. Zakat serves as the deterrent in preventing wealth accumulation among certain groups within the society. In a hadith related by at-Tabaraani, it was narrated from ‘Ali that Rasulullah said:
“Allah has enjoined upon rich Muslims a due to be taken from their properties corresponding to the needs of the poor among them. The poor will never suffer from starvation or lack of clothes unless the rich neglect their due. If they do, Allah will surely hold them accountable and punish them severely.” (at-Tabaraani)
This hadith serves as a warning to us, especially the wealthy ones, to perform the obligation of zakat so as to fulfil the amanah (trust) in rendering the rights of the poor and needy that are embedded within the wealth possessed.
- It is wajib (compulsory) upon the Muslim ummah to fulfil their zakat obligation for it is equivalent to the obligation of performing the daily prayers.
- Those that refuse and deny the obligation of zakat can fall outside the fold of Islam.
- Let us perform zakat upon the wealth possessed such as money, gold, savings, commerce, earned income, stock investment, agricultural produce, and livestock, so as to attain blessings in our lives, in this world and the Hereafter.
- Those that refuse to fulfil their zakat obligation will be severely punished in the Hereafter. Allah mentions (which means):
“The Day when it will be heated in the fire of Hell and seared therewith will be their foreheads, their flanks, and their backs, [it will be said], “This is what you hoarded for yourselves, so taste what you used to hoard.” (Surah at-Tawbah : 35)