Q: Are there any worldly harms mentioned for not paying Zakat?
A: Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said:
“No people refuse to pay the Zakat of their wealth, except they will be denied of receiving rain drops from the sky. Had there not been for the animals, they would never receive rain.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)
This Hadith indicates to the relationship between actions and conditions we face. Non-payment of Zakat, which is disobedience to Allah in Islam, has direct and indirect consequences on the natural environment. Allah has decreed balance and equilibrium in His creation and when this balance is disturbed, the natural order in the creation is interrupted. The types of actions or the non-action of the human being, both individually and collectively, personally and spiritually, has the potential to breed adverse results in the physical space we inhabit.
And Allah knows best!
Mufti Faraz Adam