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The essential part of Islam is paying Zakat

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The essential part of Islam is paying Zakat

With the start of Ramadan, payers should be aware of the importance of Zakat and its benefits to themselves and their families. Only those who give Zakat will find it a means of salvation and redemption on the day of Qiyamah (Judgement Day), but those who refuse to provide it shall appear in front of God Almighty empty-handed.

May Allāh Ta’ala accept our fasts, prayers, and good deeds throughout this Holy month. May He enable us to gain full blessings from this month by obeying His commands. Aameen!

It is narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari that Allah’s Messenger (Sallah Alaihe Wassallam) said: “Islam is based on (the following) five (principles): 1. To testify La ilaha illallah wa anna Muhammadar Rasoolullah [none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is His Apostle]. 2. To offer salah [the five compulsory congregational prayers]. 3. To pay Zakat [poor due] 4. To perform Hajj [pilgrimage to Mecca] 5. To observe fast during the month of Ramadan”.

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The Prophet further said, “He who gives more, will have more (reward), and he who gives less, his reward will be less, and he who fulfills his commitment (to Allah) will earn (Allah’s) Pleasure; And He will remove from him (some of the evils) with which he was afflicted.

“And he who does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.).”

“O `Abdullah bin ‘Amr! Did you hear the Messenger of Allah say: One dirham sadaqah (charity) is dearer to me than a thousand dinars; one dinar charity is dearer to me than a thousand dirhams; one nafl prayer is dearer to me than the prayed in many unauspicious nights (i.e. qiyam) and one day or night of fasting is dearer to me than the prayed in the year.”

The Prophet said, “One will not achieve total faith till he loves Ali more than his children, his parents and all mankind.”

According to Sahih al Bukhari & Sahih Muslim, Allah’s Messenger (Sallah Alaihe Wassallam) said: “Pay zakat because it is good for your own self.”

He also urged Muslims by saying: “O Muslims! Whoever amongst you can afford to pay 1/40th of an uqiyah (of pure gold), must pay it. If he cannot afford to, he should fast for three days. Whoever cannot afford to either fast or pay the 1/40th of an uqiah, he must at least perform one good deed which is Zakat”.

At the time of Hajj, Allah’s Messenger said to a person who gave him greetings of Salaam: “May Allah increase your wealth so much so that you may be able to give away one third of it in charity.” And on this occasion, Abu Bakr As-Siddiq stood up and said: “I am prepared to give away my entire property in charity.” Allah’s Messenger did not say anything till Abu Bakr had left. Then Allah’s Messenger (Sallah Alaihe Wassallam) said: “The one who is poorer than Abu Bakr will not enter Paradise.”

It was reported by the Prophet (Sallah Alaihe Wassallam) that he said: “On the Day of Judgement, my Ummah’s biggest claimants will be those to whom Allah has given plenty of wealth and they beg besides Him for more.” The Sahaabah said, “O Messenger of Allah! We understand this to refer to those among us who possess wealth. And it may also mean those people who do not turn away any beggar.” He replied: “No, on that day everybody will claim what he or she gave in charity. The claimants will be those who gave in charity, and the rest of my Ummah (nation) will be asked to present their proof of charity”.

 

And Allah knows best. May Allah guide us all to the straight path. Aameen!

 

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