The Importance And Reward Of Zakaah

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 26 May 2017| 29 Shabaan 1438

Many of us do things that we know are fardh acts but how often do we ponder about the benefits of carrying out these acts? Take zakaah for instance, do you know the rewards for the one that pays zakaah?

Ibn Umar (RA) reported the Prophet (SAW) as saying: Islam is built on five Pillars: Testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allah, establishing prayer, giving Zakaah, performing pilgrimage and fasting during Ramadaan. (Bukhari and Muslim)

Zakaah is mentioned thirty-two times in the Qur’an, of which twenty-eight is associated with prayer (salah), forever joining our communion with Allah to our responsibilities towards our fellow man. In several verses, observing the payment of Zakaah is a pre-condition for entering the fellowship of Islam.

Allah Almighty proclaims:“But if they repent, establish regular prayer and give Zakaah, they are your brethren in faith.” (Q9: 11)

The non-payment of Zakaah excludes defaulters from this brotherhood and fellowship of faith. The Prophet (SAW) instituted the following penalty for evaders of Zakaah, and insisted that neither he, Muhammad (SAW), nor his family must benefit from it:

One who gives it seeking its reward, he will be rewarded. But one who refuses to pay it, we will take it by force and we will take with it half of his properties, as a command of God’s commands, none of it may be given to Muhammad and his family. (Ahmad, Nasa’i, Abu Dawud and Bayhaqi)

The Prophet (SAW) consistently enumerated the reward Allah (SWT) has reserved for the Zakâh payer: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated from the Prophet (SAW): Guarantee me six things and I assure you of (entering) paradise. I said: What are they, O Messenger of Allah? He said: Prayer, Zakâh, honesty, chastity, the stomach and the tongue. (Tabarani)

Jâbir (RA) narrated: A man asked: O Messenger of Allah, what if someone pays Zakâh on his property? The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: One who pays Zakâh on his property has had evil to go away from him. (Tabarani and Hakim)

If you have other zakaah related questions, or would maybe like to read up on zakaah itself visit www.SANZAF.org.za

SANZAF is a faith-based, socio-welfare and educational organisation that strives to facilitate the empowerment of needy families through the efficient collection and effective distribution of Zakaah and other Sadaqát in a proactive and cost effective way through projects – with dignity, sincerity and a shared responsibility. All in the service of the community and for the pleasure of Allah (SWT).

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