Zakat donation is one of the most important duties of a pious Muslim. Keeping up with your zakat obligations is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and it is looked upon very poorly if you do not donate zakat despite having the means to do so. However, there are more reasons than an obligation to donate zakat: the money that you give is always used for the highest purposes, including the maintenance of religious buildings, the livelihood of religious workers, and outreach programs to spread the word of Allah. Zakat donation is only asked for if you have the financial means to donate – otherwise, you are not required to grant, and you should spend your time and money on feeding and protecting your family, and on improving your station in life. But if your position and stature in life allow you the means to donate zakat, here are the three reasons why you should always keep up with your obligation.
1. Keeping Allah’s Favor in Your Life
Since donating zakat in keeping with your financial ability is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, it is crucial that you do it to keep Allah looking kindly upon you and your life. I have heard many tales of wealthy men who became and impious because of their earthly power and riches and stopped donating zakat or given far less money than they had the ability to give. Now, wealthy men who are pious and good have some of the happiest lives on the planet Earth, but these rich men who held back on donating their zakat always found themselves beset by troubles that their money could not solve – their sons and daughters were lazy and decadent, and their lovers deserted them and were untrue. Now I cannot say for certain whether these problems were a result of their lax ways and poor moral standards or due to Allah’s disfavor, but I have noticed this pattern in many people and places.
2. Spreading the Kingdom of Allah on Earth
There is no finer way to utilize your money than bringing more sheep into Allah’s fold. If you spend it on earthly goods and worldly pleasures, you may be happy for a time, but if the kingdom of Allah on Earth suffers due to your negligence, then that is a tragedy. It is in your power to support Allah’s kingdom and its expansion by his loyal servants, and you should do everything that you can to benefit this. Many organizations will also use your zakat donations for global support of the poorest and neediest of Allah’s kingdom, which is also a little purpose.
3. Purification and Moral Satisfaction
Since Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, a pious Muslim will never feel satisfied in his life unless he is keeping up with his zakat obligations. I have heard many people say that when they are struggling with issues of guilt and worries, they feel much improved and have new insight and a new outlook on life after making their zakat donation. Truly, Allah’s inspiration is a gift to us all.