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Zakat Summary/what is Zakat


The financial obligation upon Muslims.

An important principle of Islam is that everything belongs to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word zakah means both "purification" and "growth." Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need and for the society in general. Like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth.

Each Muslim calculates his or her own zakah individually. This involves the annual payment of a fortieth of one's capital, excluding such items as primary residence, car and professional tools.

An individual may also give as much as he or she pleases as sadaqa-h, and does so preferably in secret. Although this word can be translated as "voluntary charity" it has a wider meaning.

The Prophet said, "Even meeting your brother with a cheerful face is an act of charity." The Prophet also 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 of the Prophet asked: "What if he is not able to work?" The Prophet said: "He should help the poor and needy." 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 an act of charity."

In the Islam religion there is something call zakat, the act of indulging yourself into God. Zakat also mean "purification" and "growth. By doing this you are helping people and gaining wealth which is achieved by the amount if trust you have. Purification is also gained by doing the environment a favor and treating it kindly. Muslims calculate their own zakat. Annual payment is involved of a fortieth of one's capital which doesn't involve primary residence, cars, and tools. Muslim can do small acts of kindness, whether in public or in private, and although it would be translated as "voluntary charity", it would still count as charity. Zakah, or charity, is necessary to each Muslim, even if you are so poor, you have nothing. In order to donate, you have to work, and then give something out of your earnings to those who need it. If that individual is not able to work, then they must help the poor and needy. Of that person is not able to do even that, they must see if they have any evil inside themself, and that is an act of charity.


In short Zakat means that you have to give 2.5 percent of your income to charity. It is you contribution, and your act of giving back. Zakat is a financial obrgation upon Mulumis

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