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Review of the Prophetic Traditions Warning against Evading Zakah

MIT
5/5/2015
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Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It has been mentioned, along with daily

Prayers (Salaah), seventy times in the Qur'an. Allah's Word "... and

Establish regular Salat and give regular Zakat" are referred to in many parts of

the Qur'an. From this we can conclude that after Salat, Zakat is the most important act in Islam.

There are many prophetic traditions warning against evading zakah. Below are some of these traditions:
Narrated Abu Huraira-may Allah be pleased with him-Allah's Apostle- peace be upon him- said: "Whoever is made wealthy by Allah and does not pay the Zakat of his wealth, then on the Day of Resurrection his wealth will be made like a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two black spots over the eyes. The snake will encircle his neck and bite his cheeks and say, 'I am your wealth, I am your treasure.'" (Bukhari, Vol. 2, Book 24, No.486)

 

Narrated Abu Huraira-may Allah be pleased with him-: Allah's Apostle peace be upon him- said: "Anyone whom Allah has given wealth but he does not pay its zakat, then, on the Day of Resurrection, his wealth will be presented to him in the shape of a bald-headed poisonous male snake with two poisonous glands in its mouth and with two black spots over the eyes. it will encircle itself round his neck and bite him over his cheeks and say, "I am your wealth; I am your treasure." 

Then the Prophet-peace be upon him- recited this Divine Verse: -- "And let not those who covetously withhold of that which Allah has bestowed upon them of His Bounty." (Q3:V180) (Sahih Bukhari, Book 60, Hadith 88).


Narrated Abu Dhar (may Allah be pleased with him) : Once I went to him (the Prophet ) and he (peace be upon him) said, "By Allah in Whose Hands my life is whoever had camels or cows or sheep  and did not pay their zakat, those animals will be brought on the Day of Resurrection far bigger and fatter than before and they will tread him under their hooves, and will butt him with their horns, and (those animals will come in circle): When the last does its turn, the first will start again, and this punishment will go on till Allah has finished the judgments amongst the people." 

(Sahih Bukhari, Book 24, Hadith 539)

Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: "If any owner of gold or silver does not pay what is due on him, when the Day of Resurrection would come, plates of fire would be beaten out for him; these would then be heated in the fire of Hell and his sides, his forehead and his back would be cauterized with them. Whenever these cool down, (the process is) repeated during a day the extent of which would be fifty thousand years, until judgment is pronounced among servants, and he sees whether his path is to take him to Paradise or to Hell. 

It was said: Messenger of Allah, what about the camel? He (peace be upon him) said: If any owner of the camel does not pay what is due on him, and of his due in that (camel) is (also) to milk it on the day when it comes down to water. When the Day of Resurrection comes a soft sandy plain would be set for him, as extensive as possible, (he will find) that not a single young one is missing, and they will trample him with their hoofs and bite him with their mouths. As often as the first of them passes him, the last of them would be made to return during a day the extent of which would be fifty thousand years, until judgment is pronounced among servants and he sees whether his path is to take him to Paradise or to Hell. It was (again) said: Messenger of Allah, what about cows (cattle) and sheep? He (peace be upon him) said: If any owner of the cattle and sheep does not pay what is due on them, when the Day of Resurrection comes a soft sandy plain would be spread for them, he will find none of them missing, with twisted horns, without horns or with a broken horn, and they will gore him with their horns and trample him with their hoofs. As often as the first of them passes him the last of them would be made to return to him during a day the extent of which would be fifty thousand years, until judgment would be pronounced among the servants. And he would be shown his path-path leading him to Paradise or to Hell..."
(Sahih Muslim
, Hadith 2161)






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