Zakat and Social Justice

Zakat and Social Justice

  • 13 June 2012

The Zakat Fund was established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God have mercy on him, on Dhu-al Hijjah 14, 1423 H, corresponding to November 15, 2003. The fund is a federal public body that has an independent legal character, with a direct link to the Council of Ministers. The following are among the most prominent strategic objectives of the fund:
– to contribute to enhancing Zakat awareness among the people;
– to increase Zakat resources and fulfill religious obligations; and
– to contribute to improving the standard of living of the needy.

Zakat is one of the pillars of Islam, and its jurisprudential status is mentioned in the Holy Quran, Sunnah and by the Consensus. God says in the Quran: “Pay the Zakat.” The Sunnah says: Islam is built on five pillars, “one of them is paying Zakat,” while the Consensus establishes its obligatory nature.

Zakat blesses wealth and causes it to grow; it represents affiliation and loyalty to religion and nation alike. For a Muslim who gives Zakat, his money is faithful to God, and to his country and community.

The linguistic root of Zakat is growth. From the point of view of Sharia, it is a compulsory duty relating to private money. It purifies both the contributor and his property, as well as the recipient. Zakat is levied at 2.5 percent on most valuables and savings held for a full year if their total value is more than a stipulated basic minimum known as “nisab.” Gold and silver are both subject to Zakat.

The following are the most important social benefits of Zakat:
– to achieve solidarity among people of the same community;
– giving Zakat is a form of thanks to Almighty God;
– giving Zakat is a way to please Almighty God and to receive blessings from the heavens.
– People should be warned against abandoning Zakat and against claiming that it is taken forcibly from Muslims if they refuse to give it.

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Wednesday 13 June 2012

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Wednesday 13 June 2012

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