Why are we here on this earth and what is our purpose in life? Why are everyone’s circumstances so different – some are pushed to the limit while others enjoy a life of privilege and luxury? Why are we being tested? These are just some of the questions we may find ourselves asking from time to time.
Sheikh al-Fawzān mentioned: You think that by giving in charity you are doing a favour to others, but, rather it is a favour to yourself in reality. So save yourselves from the hell-fire even if it be with a portion of a date stone!
The Scholars mention that when one gives the Zakah, they give the Zakah thinking ‘look at this poor one! Look what I have done for him? But, rather they don’t realise that this wealth that they have is a loan from Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى), it is a blessing that Allāh gave you to test you with. So what will you do with it and who will you spend it upon? This loan that Allāh has given to you and it is not a favour that you are doing for others, rather it is a favour that Allāh gave you, and Allāh expects that you fulfil this trust in the best possible manner.
Zakat in Islam
Zakat is an obligation upon all Muslims whose wealth exceeds a threshold known as the nisaab value, be it due to monetary assets, property or jewellery. Zakat amounts to 2.5% of one’s annual total cumulative wealth.
Although zakat is required to be given annually and on time, many Muslims choose to give theirs during Ramadan if it falls nearer their time as the rewards for giving during Ramadan are countless.
Your zakat donation could help put a smile on a child’s face, provide someone with an opportunity to sustain their future, help eradicate the suffering of those in poverty and so much more.
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