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The Best Prayer for People Who Pay Zakat

Shariah Online: The Best Prayer for People Who Pay Zakat ~ Hi all readers! Zakat is a ritual that is difficult to do. The point is that not everyone is able to do that. Why? Because the ritual requires someone to give some of it to someone else. That is why Islam recommends that those who administer zakat pray for those who have paid zakat.

Why is that? Of course, the simple reason is that the prayer is a form of gratitude and appreciation because they have paid zakat. That’s why I wrote this article. As Muslims we must know that.

As always, before I explain the best prayers for people who pay zakat, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ أَبِيْ أَوْفَى قَالَ : كَانَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا أَتَاهُ قَوْمٌ بِصَدَقَتِهِمْ قَالَ : اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَيْهِمْ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Abdullah bin Abi Aufa, he said, “If there is a group of people coming to Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam to pay zakat, then he prayed, “O my Lord, give mercy to them.” The hadith is narrated by al -Bukhari and Muslim.

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There are some important things about the above hadith that we must know;

First; The hadith explains that people who take care of zakat are encouraged to pray for people who have paid zakat.

Second; The hadith explains that we may pray for people who have paid zakat as prayers for the Prophets.

Third; Islamic law experts differ on the legality of praying for others with prayers for the Prophets. Ahmad said, that was allowed based on the above hadith and the word of Allah Taala;

خُذۡ مِنۡ أَمۡوَٰلِهِمۡ صَدَقَةٗ تُطَهِّرُهُمۡ وَتُزَكِّيهِم بِهَا وَصَلِّ عَلَيۡهِمۡۖ إِنَّ صَلَوٰتَكَ سَكَنٞ لَّهُمۡۗ وَٱللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ ١٠٣

Take alms (zakat) out of their property, you would cleanse them and purify them thereby, and pray for them; surely your prayer is a relief to them; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing. (At-Taubah [9]; 103).

But the majority of Islamic legal experts say that is not allowed. There is also the meaning of prayer in the above hadith is prayer in general.

That is a brief explanation of the best prayer for people who pay zakat. Now, do you all understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!

Reference;

Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 231-232.

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