Wisdom of the legality of zakat

It is well-known that God Almighty does not legislate anything on His servants except for a great wisdom; He is the Wise, the All-Aware, whose knowledge encompasses everything. Among the most important things that can be said about the wisdom of the legality of zakat are the following:[1]

  • Paying zakat is evidence of the sincerity of the faith of the one who pays it. Money is loved by souls, and its owner does not spend it except for a greater beloved. When the servant responded to the command of his Lord – Glory be to Him – that was based on the sincerity of his faith.
  • Paying zakat is a way to purify morals. So Zakat brings its owner out of the taint of miserliness and meanness into the vastness of generosity and giving; Zakat moves him from the narrow confines of the ego to the feeling of others around him.
  • Paying zakat is a way to open the chest, and this happens by experience, provided that the sacrifice is kind.
  • Zakat leads the one who pays it to the level of complete faith, as the Prophet – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – said: (None of you has faith until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself).[2]
  • Paying zakat is one of the reasons for entering Paradise.
  • Zakat works to spread a culture of collective responsibility. So the entire Muslim community becomes like one body, in which the capable person feels the needs of his poor brother; Increased love and familiarity between them.
  • Zakat is one of the most important reasons that drive crimes and prevent thefts; The needy and the poor are in the eyes of the rich, they take care of their affairs, fill their stomachs with hunger, and give them what they need; Feelings of envy and hatred in their chests towards the rich are extinguished.
  • Zakat and alms extinguish the wrath of the Lord, and spending it on those who deserve it is a reason to bring down good and blessings, as God – Glory be to Him – develops the money of the one who gives it and blesses him with his provision.

Items for which zakat is obligatory

Zakat is obligatory in four categories: the first of which is gold and silver, what comes out of the land from grains and fruits, the stubborn animals of livestock, and trade goods.[3]

Conditions for the obligation of zakat

The wise Sharia defines the conditions for zakat on money that is obligatory for a Muslim in two ways:[4]

  • reaching the quorum; That the money of a Muslim reaches the equivalent of eighty-five grams of pure gold.
  • strabismus; It means that a full year has passed since a person’s ownership of money that has reached the legal quorum.

the reviewer

  1. ↑ Muhammad Al-Munajjid (20-9-2008), “The Wisdom of Zakat Legislation”, www.islamqa.info, accessed on 01-27-2019. act.
  2. ↑ Narrated by Al-Bukhari, in Sahih Al-Bukhari, on the authority of Anas bin Malik, page or number: 13, authentic.
  3. ↑ Ibn Baz, “Zakat: its obligation – its banks – its benefits, the money in which zakat is paid”, www.saaid.net, accessed on January 29, 2019. act.
  4. ↑ Munir Arafa (10-13-2006), “Zakat in Islam”, www.saaid.net, accessed on January 29, 2019. act.

Wisdom of the legality of zakat

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