Charity is one of the very best ways to bring ourselves closer to God and increase our faith. The Prophet Muhammad stated: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” Al-Tirmidhi
Zakat, the 3rd pillar of Islam, is a necessary act upon all succeeding Muslims and is the endeavour of submitting a set percentage of his or her lucrative wealth to charity. It isn’t an optional act of kindness; it is an obligatory act that each qualifying Muslim requirements to carry out each year– the providing of 2.5% of one’s lucrative wealth to those in need.
Numerous Muslims offer their necessary donations (Zakat) either before or during Ramadan, the religious month of fasting. For the Duration of Ramadan, it is expected to break the fast each sunset with iftar, a meal consumed in a group of friends and family. Throughout the fasting month, Muslims require to take time to think and appreciate what they have been blessed with and on the reality of life for people who do not have sufficient food: people who are not fasting voluntarily, but quite simply have absolutely nothing to eat. As a result, it is typical for Muslims to make additional donations to the poor throughout Ramadan.
Who can Zakat be distributed to?
- The deprived (Poor)
- The disadvantaged (Needy)
- To read more in depth about zakat and some FAQ’s please go to Zakat – What You Need To Know
Advantages of paying Zakat?
- Eliminates greediness and stinginess from the heart
- Inclines the heart to feel for the deprived and disadvantaged
- Cleanses and increases one’s wealth
- Assists people of your religion
- Increases one in benefit and kind deeds
- Boosts one’s rank in the hereafter
Ramadan and Eid event
At this time Muslims all over the world are honouring and observing Ramadan Islam’s most crucial religious festival month. Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslims will not consume food or consume drink throughout the hours of daylight. This is called fasting. Kids are not anticipated to fast till they reach puberty, typically around the age of 14.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The exact date of Ramadan alters every year. This is due to the fact that Islam utilizes a calendar based on the cycles of the Moon known as the Lunar calendar.
In 2021 in the UK, Ramadan began at night of Monday 12 April and will end on Tuesday 11 May. But In 2020 in the UK, Ramadan began on Thursday 23 April and finished on Saturday 23 May.
Ramadan shuffles in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year, and may likewise vary from country to nation depending upon whether the moon has been spotted or not.
Eid marks completion of Ramadan, the month of fasting. After the Eid prayer, friends and families gather to celebrate. This is a time for wearing great clothes, eating well, and offering presents to children. During Eid, it is popular for everyone who can manage it to donate a sum of money, zakat-al-fitr, so that the poor will likewise have the ability to consume their fill during the festival. These contributions are frequently made by means of the mosque. But if living in the UK it is advised that you pay this sum to a family member in a poor country or give it to a charity like KORT to distribute before Eid Salah.
Should Zakat be paid during Ramadan?
Zakat is paid every year, differing on the Muslim’s own circumstances and scenarios, together with the time when zakat first became due on their wealth. The Islamic year is based on the lunar calendar, which means that the year rotates. A great deal of Muslims chooses to pay their zakat particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan due to the large quantity of rewards and true blessings for those who offer to charity throughout the advantageous month. Nevertheless, it is not an alternative to postpone zakat submission if your zakat becomes due prior to the month of Ramadan.