The Importance and reward for Zakat

The Importance and reward for Zakat

Question:

besides being farz what is the reward giving zakaateg

Lillah for a masjid sadkah for calamities the reward is …, one person wants to knw for zakaat is there a reward plz

Answer:

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Zakat is a pillar of Islam. Along with being an order of Allah, Zakat has many benefits.

Zakat removes miserliness and the love of wealth from the hearts of people. Generally, a person feels as though his wealth is his and he is free to do whatever he wishes. The obligation of Zakat reminds one that in actuality, the true owner of the wealth is Allah. Thus, a person will have to manage his wealth the way Allah wills.

If all those who are obligated to give zakat do so, the rate of poverty will significantly drop. In addition, Zakat is a means of balancing wealth in a society. Although in a particular society some may be wealthier than others, Zakat ensures that wealth is not kept in the hands of only certain individuals.

Through Zakat, a person attains barakah in his wealth. Consider the following hadith:

ما نقصت صدقة من مال (رواه مسلم:6757)

Translation: Wealth does not decrease from giving Sadaqah.)Muslim:6757)

A person may feel that discharging his Zakat decreases his wealth. However, in reality it is an investment that he is putting forward. Furthermore, Zakat is a means for one to protect his wealth.

The Prophet SallallahuAlayhiWasallam has also mentioned:

حصنوا أموالكم بالزكاة (رواه الطبراني في الكبير: 10196)

Translation: Protect your wealth through Zakat.

Outwardly, it may seem as though his wealth is going to waste. However, the wealth leaves his possession and goes into the protection of Allah. If a person pays his Zakat, he will be saved from his wealth going to waste.

The importance of giving Zakat can be understood through the severe punishment that have been related in regards to the one that does not discharge his Zakat. Consider the following:

Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Qur’an:

وَالَّذِينَ يَكْنِزُونَ الذَّهَبَ وَالْفِضَّةَ وَلَا يُنْفِقُونَهَا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَبَشِّرْهُمْ بِعَذَابٍ أَلِيمٍ (سورة التوبة:34)

Translation: Those who gather gold and silver and spend it not in the way of Allah. announce unto them a most grievous penalty)ٍSurah Tawbah: 34)

The prophet SallallahuAlayhiWasallam has mentioned:

عَنْ أَبِي ذَرٍّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ مَا مِنْ صَاحِبِ إِبِلٍ وَلاَ غَنَمٍ وَلاَ بَقَرٍ لاَ يُؤَدِّي زَكَاتَهَا إِلاَّ جَاءَتْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ أَعْظَمَ مَا كَانَتْ وَأَسْمَنَهُ تَنْطَحُهُ بِقُرُونِهَا وَتَطَؤُهُ بِأَخْفَافِهَا كُلَّمَا نَفِدَتْ أُخْرَاهَا عَادَتْ عَلَيْهِ أُولاَهَا ‏.‏ حَتَّى يُقْضَى بَيْنَ النَّاسِ ‏(رواه النسائ:1857) 

Translation: Abu Dharr narrated that: the Messenger of Allah said: “There is no now owner of camels, sheeps or cattle who does not pay Zakat on them, but they will come on the Day of Resurrection as big and as fat as they ever were, butting him with their horns and trampling him with their hooves. Every time the of them has passed, the first of them will come back to him, until judgment is passed upon the people. (Nasai: 1857)”

In the enquired situation, although there is no specific reward that has been related in the Qur’an or Hadeeth in regards to discharging one’s Zakat, we can understand that the reward of giving zakat will be two-fold.

1)  The general rewards that have been promised for a person that spends for the sake of Allah will also apply to the person that gives Zakat.

2)  In addition, a person discharging zakat will be rewarded for fulfilling a commandment of Allah. He will also be saved from the warnings regarding those that do not discharge their Zakat.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mirza-Zain Ibn Ameer Baig

Student - Darul Iftaa

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

21-04-1441| 17-12-2019

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