Subtle Points of Zakat Part 2

>> Sunday, November 1, 2009

This will have points 2-4 inshAllah

In the Words of Imam Ghazzali

(2) Second Subtle Point
It is to look to the times and the rules of payment of Zakat. The religious men pay Zakat before it becomes compulsory. They transcend the limit of time. There is chance of falling into sin if Zakat is paid late and not in time. Willingness to do good deed comes from angels and it should be considered a cause of fortune. The heart of a believer is within the two fingers of the Merciful Mid there is no delay in its change. The devil enjoins doing evil deeds and shows fear of poverty. Zakat should be paid in the month of Muharram, the first month of Hijra and one of the pure months or it should be paid in the month of Ramadan as the Prophet (SAW) paid most of his charities in this month and there is the excellence of the Blessed Night in this month and in the month of pilgrimage. The last ten days of Ramadan month and the first ten days of the month of Dhul- Hijj are days of excellence.
(3) Third Subtle Point
Is to pay Zakat in secret. It removes show and greed for fame. The Prophet (SAW) said, "The best charity is in secret charity of a poor man to a man in want." A certain learned man said, "There are three matters in the secret wealth of good works, one of them is secret charity." The Prophet (SAW) said, "If a man acts secretly, God writes it secretly as secrecy is not maintained if it is disclosed." There is a well-known Hadith about show in open charity. The Prophet (SAW) said, "God will give shade to seven persons on the day when there will be no shade except the shade of God, one who gives charity in such a manner that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given in charity." There is in another Hadith that secret charity appeases the wrath of God, it says, "And if you give charity sincerely, it is also better for you. In secret charity, one can be safe from the danger of show". The Prophet (SAW) said, "If a man wants fame by incurring the pleasure of men, or rebukes after charity, or disclose his charity and thereby seeks name and fame, and or gives charity among the people for show, God will not accept his charity. A secret charity is free from the above faults." Many learned men said that the giver should not even know the person who tak charity. Some of them handed it over to the blind.
(4) Fourth Subtle Point
It is good to give charity openly in a place where the people are encouraged to give charity by seeing it. God (SWT) said, "Spend what I have given you secretly and openly." Care should be taken in open charity about show, rebuke after charity and not to break the secrets of a poor man as most of the beggars do not wish that anybody should see them as beggars.