Zakat is a type of alms that the rich have to give to the needy people from their income and wealth. It is an economic and financial worship carried out by taking a certain amount from the wealth of riches and giving it to the group of people who are mentioned in Quran. Zakat means, linguistically; purifying, abundance, development and increase. By the time zakat is carried out as a worship, there is material and spiritual blessings. Men purifies his human soul and property with zakat.
Zakat is the best solution to income and wealth inequalities in this world. It is a bridge between the rich and the poor.
Zakat, is mercy.
Zakat is the fact of the true religion instructed to all people of the Book (Bayyinah, 98:5). Zakat is the worship which Prophet Jesus said in the cradle that he was enjoined on (Maryam, 19:31). Also, Prophet Ismael (as) instructed zakat to his family (Maryam, 19:55) and Allah (swt) revealed it to Prophet Jacob and Prophet Ishaq (Anbiya, 21:73).
Zakat is a cure of economic diseases for humans. Since zakat allows the rich to come to the needy peoples’ aid, it is the best way to end the economic inequality and poverty in the world.