19 Virtues of Zakat according to Islam ~ Hi readers! In several previous articles, I have explained some important things about Zakat, such as the definition of Zakat, Zakat for gold, silver, treasures, Zakat al-Fitr, and so on. As Muslims, we must know that. Why? I will say it again because Zakat is one of the obligatory rituals for Muslims who have met several conditions to do it.
And, in this article I will explain the nineteen virtues of Zakat according to Islam.
Virtues of Zakat
As for the nineteen virtues of Zakat according to Islam, what I mean is as follows:
One: The Nature of the Heaven-dwellers.
What is meant that paying Zakat is the nature of the people who will enter Heaven is that people who pay Zakat will get a very large reward from Allah. As Muslims, we must already know that one of the ways Allah rewards someone is by giving him permission to enter Heaven.
We can find this explanation in the Quran below:
إِنَّ الْمُتَّقِينَ فِي جَنَّاتٍ وَعُيُونٍ () آخِذِينَ مَا آتَاهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ ۚ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا قَبْلَ ذَٰلِكَ مُحْسِنِينَ () كَانُوا قَلِيلًا مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ () وَبِالْأَسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ () وَفِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ لِّلسَّائِلِ وَالْمَحْرُومِ
“Surely those who are righteous are in gardens (jannah) and in the springs, taking what is given to them by their Rabb. Indeed, they were in the world before that people who did good. They sleep very little at night, and at the end of the night they ask forgiveness (of Allah). And in their property there is a right for the poor who ask and the poor who do not receive a share. ” (Adz-Dzariyat: 15-19).
Two: Obtaining Allah’s Grace.
Paying Zakat is one of the rituals that are not only related to bodily movements, such as prayer and fasting. Zakat is a ritual related to gestures, sincerity, and wealth. That’s why only those who truly believe in Allah are able to do it. That’s why people who pay Zakat will receive mercy from Allah.
We can find this explanation in the Quran below;
وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ ۚ يَأْمُرُونَ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنكَرِ وَيُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَيُطِيعُونَ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ سَيَرْحَمُهُمُ اللَّهُ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ
“And those who believe, male and female, some of them (are) helping others. They command (do) the ma’ruf, prevent those who are evil, establish prayers, pay zakat, and they obey Allah and His Messenger. They will be given mercy by Allah. ” (At-Taubah: 71).
Three: Fertilize Zakat.
What is meant by Zakat will fertilize Zakat assets is that someone who pays zakat will not experience a loss. Allah will give the person more wealth.
We can find this explanation in the Quran below:
يَمْحَقُ اللَّهُ الرِّبَا وَيُرْبِي الصَّدَقَاتِ
“Allah destroys usury and fertilizes alms.” (Al-Baqarah: 276).
Four: Given Shade from the Heat of the Last Day.
The point is, that people who pay Zakat will receive protection from Allah on the Day of Judgment. We can find this explanation in the hadith below;
قالَ رسُولُ اللَّه صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : سَبْعَةٌ يُظِلُّهُمُ اللَّهُ في ظِلِّهِ يَوْمَ لا ظِلَّ إلَّا ظِلُّهُ: إِمامٌ عادِلٌ، وشابٌّ نَشَأَ فِي عِبَادَةِ اللَّه تَعالى، وَرَجُلٌ قَلْبُهُ مُعَلَّقٌ فِيْ المَسَاجِدِ، وَرَجُلانِ تَحَابَّا في اللَّه: اجتَمَعا عَلَيهِ، وتَفَرَّقَا عَلَيهِ، وَرَجُلٌ دَعَتْهُ امْرَأَةٌ ذَاتُ مَنْصِبٍ، وَجَمَالٍ فَقَالَ: إِنِّي أَخافُ اللَّه، ورَجُلٌ تَصَدَّقَ بِصَدَقَةٍ فأَخْفَاها، حتَّى لا تَعْلَمَ شِمالُهُ مَا تُنْفِقُ يَمِينهُ، ورَجُلٌ ذَكَرَ اللَّه خالِيًا فَفَاضَتْ عَيْنَاهُ
The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “The seven groups that will be shaded by Allah under His auspices on a day that has no shade except His: a just leader, a young man who grows up in the obedience of Allah, someone whose heart always longs for mosques (to perform worship), two people who love each other because of Allah (they both meet and separate because of Allah), a man who is invited by a beautiful and honorable woman to commit adultery but he said , “Verily, I fear Allah.”, Someone who gives charity and keeps it a secret so that his left hand does not know what his right hand has given him, someone who remembers Allah in a lonely state and his eyes shed tears (crying). “
Five: Opening the Doors of Sustenance.
The point is that Zakat or paying Zakat can be the cause of opening the doors of sustenance. In other words, paying Zakat will not reduce one’s assets.
We can find this explanation in the hadith below:
قالَ رسُولُ اللَّه صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مَا نَقَصَتْ صَدَقَةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ
The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Alms (or Zakat) will not reduce wealth.”
Six: Because Kindness Declines.
Zakat is the cause of various goodnesses to fall, and refusing to pay zakat is the cause of the obstruction of various kinds of goodness.
… وَلَمْ يَمْنَعُوْا زَكَاةَ أَمْوَالِهِمْ إِلَّا مُنِعُوْا القَطْرَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَلَوْلَا الْبَهَائِمُ لَمْ يُمْطَرُوْا …
… Not a people withhold zakat on their property but they are prevented from getting rain from the sky. If it weren’t for livestock, they wouldn’t get rain …
Seven: Eliminating Mistakes.