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Educational Inimitability of the Quran: Zakah as a Sample.


Praise and thanks are due to Allah and may His choicest salutations be upon the holy Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, his family and all companions. To proceed:

The glorious Qur’an is inimitable in all its teachings and as well as universal and comprehensive. In various ways, it prepares and educates Muslims to possess unique qualities that will enhance their quest to attain the proximity to Allah through solving the needs of their fellow humans in need. One of these ways is the institutionalization of Zakat as a pillar of Islam.

Zakat which could be best explained as charity, is legislated to generally cleanse the remaining wealth of the donor and to help eradicate the economic difficulties of other Muslims. With regards to the cleansing effect of zakat the glorious Qur’an declares:

خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِم بِهَا

“Of their goods, take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify them;..)(Tawba:103). On this note the holy Prophet Mohammad (peace and blesings of Allah be upon him) said “Whoever pays the zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him” (Ibn Khuzaimah and at-Tabaraani). To better ensure an indepth delineation of the education perspective of Zakaah as generally mention in the glorious Qur’an, there is the need to consider the following points:

Zakat as a Means of Spiritual Purification

Zakat is not only a means to purify one’s wealth but it is also a spiritual purification which serves as a means to draw an individual closer to the Creator, Allah SWT. Ibn Taimiah said that, “the soul of one who gives zakat is blessed and so is his wealth”. It is quite clear from the above narration that in addition to being a moral obligation, Zakat is also a spiritual one which is why millions of Muslims every year give Zakat to the poor.

'In their wealth there is a known share for the beggars and the destitute’ (70:24-25)

We mentioned how Zakat is a means of connection between the person and Allah SWT. It also provides a connection between the giver and the recipient. The entire concept of donating a fraction of one’s wealth to the poor is a highly honourable act; one that comes with valuable lessons as well as blessings. First and foremost, it teaches Muslims self-discipline, allowing the giver to free themselves from the love of possessions and greed.

Who Should Pay Zakat? Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. As such, it is compulsory on Muslims, provided they meet certain conditions and criteria. Any Muslim who possesses the required nisaab (the minimum amount of wealth that one must have before zakat is payable) for one whole year is bound to pay Zakat on that wealth. It is imperative that Muslims know exactly how much Zakat they owe and How to Calculate Zakat so that the right amount can be given to the intended recipient.

A lot of people choose Ramadan as the month in which they pay their zakat and for good reasons. Ramadan is the month of blessings and the rewards for all good deeds is far greater in this blessed Ramadan that in any other month.

The Beneficiaries of Zakat? : To put it in simple terms, people who are poor and suffering are eligible to receive Zakat money. They can be any of the following:

The Poor & The Needy – these people may have some wealth and funds but it is not enough to make up for the nisaab.

The Destitute – People who have no wealth or funds. They are living their life on the very basics necessities of life.

Zakat Collectors – People who collect Zakat as well as distribute it.

Muslim Converts – This category was specifically designed to get new Muslim converts who were genuinely poor on their feet. It still exists to this day.

People in Debt – People who are in debt but cannot pay it back are eligible for Zakat.

Travellers – Muslims who are in the middle of their journey and out of money are eligible for zakat donations.

Making the Intention of Zakat

 Making an intention is integral in Islam. It can be found in virtually every discipline in the Islamic faith. Muslims make an intention to pray before they pray. The same goes for fasting and Hajj. It is therefore, mandatory to make intention of giving zakat, either at the time of organising the payment or at the time of payment.

Items That Fall Under the Scope of Zakat

Jewelry and Precious Metal – Case in point, Gold and Silver. Both are come under Zakat even if they are used merely for decorative purposes. The reason behind it is simple; they contribute towards your cumulative wealth and as such their worth must be tabulated when calculating Zakat. Bank Accounts – Any cash, bonds, stock one might have in their savings account. The amount should be in the bank for one year. Loans given or funds received are also part of the Zakat process.

  Cattle and Crops - Cattle and crops that are in excess of one’s need.


General Conditions of Zakat.

 Making Niyat is only half the task. Muslims must also consider the following conditions in order to ensure their Zakat contribution is paid correctly.

Recipient’s Eligibility: It is absolutely imperative that every shred of aid given reaches only those who need it most. As such, recipients of Zakat must be sufficiently poor to receive it. In a nutshell, if they don’t have personal assets that either meet or exceed the nisab, they are eligible to receive Zakat.

A very deep consideration of the above mention Qur’anic or Islamic injunctions on charity shows the universality and the inimitability of the Islamic Message. Zakat when properly discharge helps restore justice in the society and helps create a brotherly and a well-wishing relationship between the rich(donors of charity) and the poor(the recipients).



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