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Zakah

By Zakah is meant that fixed amount which is subtracted at the end of each year by affluent people. In this way the remaining wealth is purified. By one part of it being given to the cause of Allah, the rest is rendered lawfully usable for the almsgiver. Deducting Zakah from one’s earning is a material acknowledgement of the fact that the actual giver is Allah. Since the giver is Allah, the recipient is duty bound to spend it in His cause. The law of Zakah is to take from those who have wealth and give it away to those who do not. This rotation of wealth is a way to balance social inequality. In this way the wealthy are reminded of what is due from them to those who are less well-favored in life or who are totally destitute. Zakah is an important part of the Islamic code of ethics. On the one hand, Zakah purifies the giver of feelings like miserliness and selfishness, and generates the spirit of generosity and humanitarianism. On the other hand, the receiver also benefits in the sense that he begins to consider others as his brothers and well-wishers. Thus his heart is not corroded with feelings of jealousy or revenge towards them. Instead, feelings of love and respect are born within him for them. Since Zakah is given for the cause of Allah, its most important value is that of an act of worship. True, it is distributed among the people, but in its essence it becomes a means of linking the giver with Allah, of bringing man closer to Allah. Zakah in spirit is an act of worship, while in its external form it is the carrying out an act of social service.