Small Thought #4 – Morals and Zakat

Hardly ever is prayer mentioned in the Noble Quran without being associated with Zakat. Zakat is the inseparable twin of prayer in the Book of Allah The Almighty and the Sunnah of His messenger SAW, as well.

Zakat is like prayer in terms of its relation to morals. The payer of Zakat offers it out of obedience to his Lord, abiding by His commands, warding off devils, relieving oneself from being questioned about the obligation of Zakat on the Day of Judgment. Zakat increases one’s wealth, allows him to help the poor and needy, protects him from meanness and curbs his sinful desires. It helps spread an atmosphere of love, intimacy, and affection among Muslims and creates a close bond between the rich and poor within the Muslim community.

The payer of Zakat relishes the pleasure and satisfaction of the heart as he obeys the commands of Allah The Exalted. Thus, he is keen not to delay paying the due Zakat and is diligent in giving it to its eligible recipients. Allah The Exalted Says (what means): {Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them …} [Quran 9:103]

When Muslims fully grasp this, they find themselves willing not only to pay the due Zakat but also to spend in charity according to their abilities even if this was not obligatory upon them. This renders them eager to give in charity and help others in all possible ways and it indicates the purity of their hearts and the spiritual elevation of their souls.

The Messenger of Allah SAW (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “Smiling in the face of your brother is charity, enjoining good and forbidding evil is charity, guiding a lost man in a foreign land is charity, guiding the blind is charity, removing harmful things, thorns and bones from a road is regarded as charity and pouring what is left from your vessel into that of your brother is charity.”

Hence, the close bond between Zakat and morals in Islam becomes clear.

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Author: Abu Tariq Abu Tariq Muhsin is a zakat officer for Zakat Centre of Federal Territory of Malaysia. A writer, researcher and publisher of various writing focusing on Zakat & Islamic studies.

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