ZAKAT & SADAQA

"Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." - Sura. 2, ayah. 277

"And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship)." - Sura. 2, ayah. 43

In Islam, charity holds such a great place that it is an obligation on Muslims in the form of Zakat. Zakat is one of the major pillars of Islam, and for those who are wealthy enough, it is mandatory to give Zakat.

The first misconception that people have pertaining to Zakat is that it is to be paid in the month of Ramadan only. Although Ramadan is a month of being charitable, it in no way means that a Muslim must pay Zakat in this month only. Rather, the time when a Muslim becomes liable for paying Zakat, a year from that time is the time frame within which Zakat is to be paid. Therefore, the duration of year is what needs to be kept in mind and not the month of Ramadan for giving Zakat.

Sadaqah (voluntary charity) is a virtuous deed in Islam. In fact, it is considered as a proof of one’s eeman (faith). The more we give sadaqah the more we increase our eeman and thus, expect Allah’s rewards both in this world and in the life hereafter.

 

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