Islam: practices – Five Pillars ~ ZAKAH

Zakah – Almsgiving to the poor as a way of purifying wealth. 2.5% of spare income.


‘And those who hoard gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah – give them tidings of a painful punishment. ‘(Qur’an 9)


  • Muslims are expected to be kind and compassionate towards others. Muslims are viewed as stewards for Allah, taking care of wealth on His behalf. Wealth is simply on loan and should be used for good.
  • Zakah is a compulsory act of faith as it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. It is 2.5% of spare wealth as Islam is practical with regard to helping others. It is senseless to put your own family in financial trouble to help others.
  • In Islamic countries Zakah is paid to the government which distributes it but in the UK for example it may be collected by mosques or charities such as Muslim Aid.
  • Zakah is always collected and given in secret so there is no praise attached to the amount given and no shame in receiving it.
  • Zakah can be given to the poor and needy, to converts to Islam, education and those who are in debt.
How does giving Zakah influence the life of a Muslim? What are the benefits of giving?
  • Giving Zakah cleanses the wealth of an individual making it pure. By paying it they are sharing their wealth which is a blessing from Allah and tackling their own greed
  • The Qur’an states that Zakah is a test and that Muslims who give it with be ‘rewarded hundredfold’ and not fear Judgment Day.
  • Giving Zakah to help others is a reward in itself. Helping others develops love for those less fortunate and gives satisfaction. Helping others strengthens the Ummah (Muslim community)
  • Zakah not only helps with physical need such as food and clean water but also helps develop the religion eg giving to converts or to support education

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