Assalam Alaikum! My dear brothers and sister in Islam, and to all the readers! This is a continuation from yesterday about a Muslim character toward his/her Muslim and non Muslim brothers, and sister.
Yesterday I'm talking about prayer prevents commitment of evil. Today I will discuss about Zakat.
Zakat is a means of purification.
Zakat has been made compulsory on the eligible 'scheduled' (sahibe Nisab) persons. It is not merely a tax that is collected from the pockets of the people, but its foremost purpose is to sow the seeds of kindness, sympathy and benevolence, and to provide a chance of introduction among the various sections of the society and to establish the relationship of love and friendliness.
Please read this Blog how to pay Zakat
The purpose of paying Zakat has been stated in the Quran in the following words:
" O Prophet! Take charity from their property so that it may clean them and purify them."
Surah Tauba, 9:103
To clean the self of the worldly impurities and to raise the standard of the society to the heights of decency and purity are the wisdom behind the levy of Zakat.
For this reason the Prophet has taken it in a very wide sense, and to pay Zakat has been made compulsory for every eligible Muslim.
The Prophet (SAW) said:
To smile in the company of your brother is charity.
To command to do good deeds and to prevent others from doing evil is charity.
To guide a person in a place where he can go astray is charity.
To remove troublesome things like thorns and bones from the road is charity.
To pour water from your jug into the jug of your brother is charity.
To guide a person with defective vision is charity for you.
Sahih Al- Bukhari
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