The Third Pillar of Islam: Compulsory Charity (Zakah)

The whole concept of wealth is considered in Islam as a gift from Allah. Allah, who provided wealth to the person, made a portion of it for the poor. So, the poor have a right over one’s wealth. Zakah reminds Muslims that everything they have belongs to their Lord. People are given their wealth as a trust from Him, and Zakah is intended to free Muslims from the love of money.

Zakah in Islam: Concepts and Rules

Why are we obliged to pay Zakah? What is the purpose of paying it? One of the five pillars of Islam, zakah is meant to purify one’s wealth and create harmony and compassion between members of society.