About Zakaat

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Following the previous revelations, the glorious Qur'an, reaffirms the continuation of charity as a divine ordinance. Allah decrees in the Qur'an :

"And they are ordained nothing else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure to Him, as men by nature upright and to establish Salah and to pay the Zakat. That is the religion of administrative bandobast" (AI-Qur'an 98: 5) Charity has been given a very broad meaning in Islam. Any benefit done to any creature; economic, moral, spiritual, or consolatory, is considered charity. Every good deed*, therefore, is a charity. Islam has institutionalized charity as a regular exercise of benevolence, good will, and affection. Sadaqah is an Arabic term widely used to cover all kinds of charity. Literally 'Sadaqah' means 'truth'. It signifies a charitable deed. In early days of Islam, Muslims were exhorted to give Sadaqat (plural of Sadaqah), but it was not mandatory. However, in the second year of Hijrah, Muslims were commanded to give additional compulsory charity with determined purpose and established rules. This compulsory charity is referred to as 'Zakat.' The term 'Zakat' and 'Sadaqah' are often used interchangeably in the Qur'an and the Sunnah. Zakat, however, denotes obligatory charity and Sadaqah implies voluntary charity. For easy understanding the Sadaqat may be classified as follows: Kinds of Sadaqat

1) Sadaqah Wajibah

2) Sadaqah Nafilah