As we go through the holy month of Ramadan, striving to strengthen our Iman and our deeds, we continue to reflect on the blessings of Allah in our life. Ramadan is the perfect time to reflect on those fellow brothers and sisters around the world that are not as fortunate as us and are struggling at this moment in life. Allah has made Zakat obligatory on us for exactly this purpose, and to purify our wealth.
Take this great opportunity! There is no better time to give Zakat Al-Maal than the month of Ramadan. UMR is currently working on several projects around the world where your Zakat money can help the poor and destitute, those that have been forced to leave their homes.
About Zakat Al-Maal
“True piety is this: to believe in God, and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, to give of one’s substance, however cherished, to kinsmen, and orphans, the needy, the traveler, beggars, and to ransom the slave, to perform the prayer, to pay the zakat.”
– The Qur’an (2:177)
The Meaning and Purpose
The literal meaning is ‘to cleanse’ or ‘purification’. In the Islamic faith, Zakat means purifying your wealth for the will of God; to acknowledge that everything we own belongs to God and to work towards the betterment of the Muslim Ummah. According to Islamic regulations, Zakat is 2.5% of one year’s total cumulative wealth. This amount is then distributed to the poor. Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) has said:
“Whoever pays the zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him” – Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
A Means of Spiritual Purification
Zakat is not only a means to purify one’s wealth but it is also a spiritual purification which serves as a means to draw an individual closer to the Creator, God. Ibn Taymiyyah, a famous scholar said that, “the soul of one who gives zakat is blessed and so is his wealth”. It is quite clear from the above narration that in addition to being a moral obligation, it is also a spiritual one which is why millions of Muslims every year give Zakat.
“In their wealth there is a known share for the beggars and the destitute.” – The Qur’an (70:24-25)
We mentioned how Zakat is a means of connection between the person and God. It also provides a connection between the giver and the recipient. The entire concept of donating a fraction of one’s wealth to the poor is a highly honorable act; one that comes with valuable lessons as well as blessings. First and foremost, it teaches Muslims self-discipline, allowing the giver to free themselves from the love of possessions and greed.
“Take alms from their property that you may purify and sanctify them, and pray for them. Verily your prayers are a comfort for them.” – The Qur’an (9:103)