Q: Why is Zakat given to winning hearts?
A: This meta-category is considered to be ‘soft power’. Soft power in political theory refers to
the ability to influence and persuade without force and coercion. Influence under soft power
is achieved by building networks and communicating compelling narratives. The result is
Tamkin (firm establishment), influence and power. This gives rise to greater stability and selfdetermination.
The categories subsumed by this meta-category can include: indiviuals helping the wider
community to have more positive perceptions of Islam and Muslims; those who may pose harm to
Muslims; and those new to the faith in order to deepen their sense of belonging and commitment.
In the context of Muslim-minority communities, this meta-category presents primarily as
constructive social and political engagement with the aim of achieving a more conducive
environment for Muslims to practise their faith.
And Allah knows best!
Mufti Faraz Adam