The benefits of Zakat and who can give Zakat?

The benefits of Zakat and who can give Zakat?

The benefits of Zakat and who can give Zakat?

Dec 28, 2021, 7:14:49 PM Religion

Zakat is a compulsory payment by an individual possessing a certain amount of wealth, as nisab. Zakat is due on savings held by an individual for one complete lunar year. Zakat is compulsory if the total of Zakatable Wealth (wealth over nisab) of any Muslim exceeds Nisab on a cumulative basis during a lunar year. Zakat is not obligatory until one year passes since the Zakatable Wealth has crossed the Nisab level for the first time.


The Qur'an lists Zakat as one of the several conditions for the believer to enter Paradise. Zakat is considered an act of piety through which one expresses concern for fellow Muslims' well-being and preserving social harmony between the wealthy and poor. Zakah consists of spending a portion of wealth to benefit the poor or needy, like Zakat ul-Fitr.


Zakat is also an essential source of revenue for the government in Muslim countries. It finances various public services, including the construction and maintenance of mosques, madrasas, roads and bridges. Zakah funds are also used to help the poor and needy, to free slaves, to fight against oppression, and to spread Islam.


The recipient of Zakat is not just restricted to the poor and needy, but it also includes:

- The wayfarer who is stranded on the road

- The one whose wealth is taken away by force

- The debtor who cannot repay his debt

- The Zakat collector


The best time to pay Zakat is during the month of Ramadhan after 'Eid ul-Fitr prayers. Zakat may also be paid at other times, such as: upon the death of a Muslim, to fulfil a vow (Qard Hasan), or when one desires to attain Allah's good pleasure and reward by giving Zakat. Zakat should not be delayed for too long.

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Zakat is obligatory on all Muslims who meet its requirements and possess the Nisab amount in savings for one complete lunar year. It is wajib [compulsory] upon every sahib e nisab individuals if they have more than the value of nisab during the entire year (or part thereof), even if they spend all that (exceeding nisab) before or after the year is over. Zakat should be paid on savings at the end of each year. The Zakat must be paid if anyone Zakatable asset (gold, silver, cash/currency notes etc.) remains in possession for more than one year.


Zakat Payment can play a significant role in poverty alleviation. A survey of Zakat recipients in Bangladesh showed that almost all households used Zakat to improve their living conditions by meeting basic needs such as food, clothing, education and health care. In another study conducted in Pakistan, it was found that Zakat recipients use the money for purposes such as: repairing homes, buying land, starting businesses and sending children to school.


Paying Zakat is one of the critical ways Muslims can fulfil their obligation of Sadaqah (charity). Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam, the foundation of Muslim life. Muslims who pay Zakat can be sure to fulfil one of their most important religious duties.


It is a way for Muslims to give back to society and help those in need. The benefits of Zakat are many, and it is an important way for Muslims to show their faith. Zakat is compulsory for every individual who meets the requirements, and it is an essential source of revenue for governments in Muslim countries. It helps finance a variety of public services, including the construction and maintenance of mosques, madrasas, roads and bridges. Zakah funds are also used to help the poor and needy, to free slaves, to fight against oppression, and to spread Islam.


It is not necessary to pay Zakat immediately upon having possession of the Nisab amount. It can be postponed in the same lunar year, provided Zakatable assets are intact. However, it should never be delayed beyond that year unless to pay Zakat as soon as possible. Even though Zakat may have been paid out from Zakatable assets before being possessed for a full lunar year, this postponement through intention by the individual concerned shall not render Zakat invalid, and Zakat must be paid out before the expiry of the same year.


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