Zakat in Islam:
Poverty is a major issue of our age. Humanity and our planet is crying out for help. Many people become frustrated members of the society due to poverty. Islamic teaching also emphasize on the abolition of poverty and just and just distribution of wealth. That is why, concept of ‘Zakat’ has been given in Islam.
Zakat in Islam Rules:
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. We can use it to abolish poverty and hunger from the society. Needy people can be helped by the use of ‘Zakat’. It has been made compulsory for wealthy people to give ‘Zakat’ to the needy people. ‘Zakat’ is a revolutionary concept of Islam. If we promulgate it, we can uproot poverty. The philosophy behind this concept is to promote distribution of wealth and generate economic activity. ‘Zakat’ is compulsory on that wealth, which remains in possession of a person during the whole year. Its percentage is 2.5. If a wealth is invested in business, there will not be ‘Zakat’ on it. In that case it provides employment to the needy people. So in either of the cases, it is a blessing for the society.
On the other hand, if we do not invest our wealth and keep it in our possession, it will be compulsory for us to pay ‘Zakat’ on it. In that way also, needy people like orphans, window and the poor are helped.
If we look around, we can observe that, there are so many institutions, which are being run by the money paid in the form of ‘Zakat’. The holy Quran has repeatedly mentioned ‘Zakat’ along with ‘Namaz’ is a way to lay stress upon its importance.
By concluding the discussion, we can say that ‘ Zakat in Islam ‘ is a revolutionary concept in Islam. Its purpose to is to help needy and abolish poverty from the society, So that Muslims society may be changed into a real welfare society. if we are successful in doing so, we can present Islam as a religion of welfare before the world. This will be helpful in presenting the real and soft image of Islam.