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Introducing Zakat & its benefits - Imam Abid Khan
Zakat is a compulsory act of worship and one of the five pillars of Islam. It is an obligatory charity that Allah, the most beneficent and most merciful, has imposed on our wealth to ensure that those who are most needy do not go without.
The word Zakat originates from the verb zaka, meaning to grow, to increase and to purify. When said about a person, it means to improve or to become better. Consequently, Zakat means, blessing, growth, cleanliness and betterment. By paying the Zakat we owe, we are fulfilling our obligations as Muslims and Allah will allow us to reap the rewards for this both in this life and the hereafter insha’Allah.
In the Sharia, the word Zakat refers to the determined share of wealth prescribed by Allah to be distributed among the deserving categories of those entitled to receive it. Muslims who own wealth over a certain amount (called Nisab) are required to donate a portion of this wealth (a minimum of 2.5%) to those in need.
Important points about the Islamic Zakat system
Zakah or Zakat?
The meanings are the same. In Arabic, the word Zakat has a round taa (ة), (taa marboota) which is pronounced as a haa (ه) if you stop on that word.