Zakat is a charity – a very special kind of it. It is designed to help the poor and needy members of the society, and more importantly, to do it in a way that influences positively the social order. The Zakat system reflects Allah’s (swt) wisdom.
Let’s be clear – the primary reason Muslims give Zakat is to comply with Allah’s (swt) ordinance. It is similar to other ordinances of performing the prayers, fasting or performing the Hajj, which have all been designated by the Prophet (S) as the Pillars of Islam. Zakat’s importance is evident also because it is mentioned more than thirty times in the Quran. Allah (swt) describes great rewards for those who give Zakat in many places in the Quran, such as