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About Zakah (Charity)

"You cannot attain righteousness until you give to charity from the possessions you love. Whatever you give to charity, GOD is fully aware thereof." -Holy Quran 3:92

One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Zakah (Zakah in Arabic, Zakat in Urdu) is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakah means to "purify".

The Prophet said: 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim. ' He was asked: 'What if a person has nothing?' The Prophet replied: 'He should work with his own hands for his benefit and then give something out of such earnings in charity.' The Companions asked: 'What if he is not able to work?' The Prophet said: 'He should help poor and needy persons.' The Companions further asked 'What if he cannot do even that?' The Prophet said 'He should urge others to do good.' The Companions said 'What if he lacks that also?' The Prophet said 'He should check himself from doing evil. That is also charity.'

The Zakah is a form of giving to those who are less fortunate. It is obligatory upon all Muslims to give 2.5 % of wealth and assets each year (in excess of what is required) to the poor. This is done before the beginning of the month of Muharram, the first of new year. Giving the Zakah is considered an act of worship because it is a form of offering thanks to God for the means of material well-being one has acquired.

Zakah is the amount of money that every adult, mentally stable, free, and financially able Muslim, male and female, has to pay to support specific categories.

Sadaqah (Sadaqah in Arabic, Sadaqat in Urdu) is a voluntary act of giving alms 'fi sabillilah' (for the cause of Allah), by Muslims who want to contribute more than their obligatory zakah payment. Sadaqah can be given during any period of happiness or sadness or as a sign of gratitude to Allah (swt).


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