who practice Zakath and spend their money in His Way through other means”

One Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa), will repay them hundred-fold in this world for what they spend’

Two, they will be rewarded bounteously in the Hereafter;

Three, there will be for them neither fear nor grief on the Day of Judgment.

The holy Companions had the fullest faith in these premises. When verses extolling the spiritual merit of expending in the path of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and denoting what stupendous Divine reward there was on it were revealed to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and the Companions came to know of them from him they were so deeply stirred that such of them as were poor and did not have the means to give away something in charity left their homes loads on their backs so that they could earn some money to spend for the sake of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa).

We will reproduce here just one Tradition of the holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) revealing the significance and the outstanding worth and merit of Zakath.

States the Prophet (Peace be upon him):

“There are three things, whoever acquires them acquires the real joy of faith Firstly, to worship Allah and no one besides Him; secondly, to believe sincerely in and, lastly, to pay the Zakath cheerfully on one’s possessions every year.”

Worldly Advantages:

Apart from the reward and recompense in the Hereafter, numerous worldly advantages also accrue from practicing the Zakath regularly and spending in other divinely prescribed branches of charity. For example, a Muslim who discharges these obligations properly experiences a rare feeling of satisfaction and tranquility in his heart, the poor do not feel jealous of his wealth-on the other hand, they wish him well, pray for his welfare and look towards him with love and admiration, the world holds him in high esteem, everyone likes him and feels drawn towards him sympathetically and Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) bestows prosperity on him and multiplies his wealth.

A tradition of the holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) reads:

“The mandate of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) is: ‘O Son of Adam! Go on spending the wealth I have given thee (on the poor, the needy and the destitute): I shall give thee more”.

And, another:

“I can swear no one will become poor because of expending in the way of Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa)”.

May Allah endow us all with staunchest faith in the sayings of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and grant us the great good fortune to act on them!

Rules governing Zakath can be found in books on Islamic Jurisprudence or can be learnt directly from the Ulama.

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