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Zakat: The Obligation

Zakat is an Islamic obligation that requires Muslims to give 2.5% of their annual income to those in need. The word ‘zakat’ means ‘purification’ and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Zakat is not a tax or charity, but an act of worship that purifies one’s wealth and soul.


Muslims are required to give zakat if they meet certain criteria, such as being of age, having the means to do so, and owning a certain amount of money or property. Zakat is not mandatory for non-Muslims, but it is encouraged as a way to help the poor and needy.


There are many ways to give zakat, such as giving money to the poor, paying for someone’s medical expenses, or supporting a worthy cause. Zakat can also be given to Muslim charities or organizations that help the poor and needy.


Giving zakat is an important way to help those in need and to purify one’s own wealth and soul. It is a way to show our solidarity with the poor and needy and to make a difference in their lives.

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