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Video: Why pay Zakat? - Imam Zaid Shakir
Zakat: An act of devotion and worship
The objective of Zakat, as emphasised in the Qur'an, is a glorious objective of purification and upliftment (Surah Al-Taubah 9:103). In this sense Zakat washes away our sins in the same way prayer does. In fact, it is mentioned in the sayings that Zakat carries the “dirt” (awsakh) of people.
When giving Zakat, the intention of the individual should be based on fulfilling Allah’s commandments. Giving Zakat with pure and sincere intentions will ensure rewards in the hereafter; Surah Al-Baqarah (2:276) tells us that: “Allah will deprive usury of all blessing, but will give increase for deeds of charity: For He does not love the one who is ungrateful and wicked.”
The Hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) reinforces this concept very beautifully: When a slave of Allah pays Zakat, the Angels of Allah pray for him in these words: "O Allah! Grant abundance to him who spends (in Your cause) and destroy him who does not spend and restricts to himself his wealth.” (Bukhari)
Abdullah bin Abi Aufa narrated: When the people brought Sadaqah to the Prophet (peace be upon him) he used to say, "O Allah! Bless them with Your Mercy." (Bukhari)
When a Muslim pays Zakat, Allah increases his sustenance. Although at a human level it may seem that giving charity means reduction of wealth, in reality this is not the case. At a metaphysical level, Allah blesses the giver of Zakat to an extent that is beyond human perception. This is very well-defined by the following Hadith: “Charity does not diminish wealth.” (Muslim)
Zakat: Brotherhood in Islam
Video: Zakat and Brotherhood - Shaykh Musleh Khan
The benefits of Zakat for the individual and society