Is it necessary to have an intention when paying Zakat?
A: Having an intention of paying ‘Zakat’ is necessary. Zakat is an act of worship and all acts of worship require an intention .
Intention is being conscious of what one is doing. It is not necessary to verbalise an intention.
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; Sūrah 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.”
And Allah knows best!
Mufti Faraz Adam