Zakah - the third of the five pillars of islam

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Zakah The 5 pillars of Islam Mareen Zachariah
Zakah or Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and is a ritual that is performed regularly. Zakah is a
compulsory charity that is given by each Muslim to the poor. The word Zakat means to purify or
cleanse; it also means to give to charity.
Zakah is about looking out for other people and sharing your wealth so that you, yourself do not
become motivated through life by greed and selfishness. It reminds people everything belongs to
Allah and everyone has a right over it. Zakat will increase a believer's blessings through wealth and
will also increase a Muslim's reward in heaven Zakah is not a chore, but a spiritual development that
each Islamic believer should do out of free will and should not think of it as a duty but "a personal
responsibility" which can help those in hardship and help bring a sense of equality into the Islamic
A Muslim is required to give at least 2.5% of their savings as almsgiving each year, however if you
are a farmer then you are required to give 2.5% of your crop/harvest. If the harvest's total does not
reach the minimum limit of about 653 kilograms, nor on gold amounts if the owner has less than 85
grams of gold or less than 595 grams of silver, then it is not necessary for the believer to give Zakat.
In the Qur'an, God revealed the receivers of Zakat:
"Alms are only for the poor and the needy, and the officials (appointed) over them, and those
whose hearts are made to incline (to truth) and the (ransoming of) captives and those in debts and
in the way of Allah and the wayfarer; an ordinance from Allah; and Allah is knowing,
Wise." [Qur'an 9:60]


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