Asalamualaykum brothers and sisters! Today we are going to be talking about Zakat. When I say Zakat, the immidiate thought is ‘money’ because when you give zakat, you give money. Am I right or am I right? But the question is, why do we give is zakat? Well, the answer to that question is right over here! And a couple of other questions…
Zakat is one of the major religious duties in Islam. Literally, zakat means to “purify”. It refers to the purification of a believers’ wealth and soul. Wealth purification denotes the mobilization of assets for the purpose of financial growth and justified distribution. Purification of the soul implies freedom from hatred, jealousy, selfishness, uneasiness and greed. Other Quranic connotations also include the purification of sin.
In a way, you are right when you say that Zakat is giving money. But, you are wrong as well. Zakat is giving money to the poor wherever you go. Whether you’re in Southall or just on the streets, I don’t know about you, but it melts my heart and makes me realise how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, good food and a family that loves me and supports my every action. There are some people who are absolutely heartless and just walk right past them and not have any feelings of sympathy. When you give zakat, it’s about the love that goes from the bottom of your heart to the thoughts how your love and money will give another person a nice house with good food. Just think, you will save either a child or an adult or even a whole family from malnutition or even worse… Death!
Zakat need only be paid on those assets that exceed a minimum value. This minimum value is calculated based on the market price of 85 grams of gold or 595 grams of pure silver. This minimum value is termed Nisab. The Islamic Fiqh and Research Councils, as well as Jumhur (majority) of Ulama’ recommend that gold be used as the basis for the calculation of nisab.
Please! There are people out there who are seeking for human kindness! I ask you to let the seek no more. Show them human kindness. Not only will Allah (subhanawattaallah) be happy with you, you will be satisfied with yourself that you showed someone that not everybody is heartless.
I know it was a short post but I hope this tells you a little something.