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In Islam, zakah is third to the declaration of faith in Allah and His Messenger and the five daily prayers. Islam introduces zakah as a response to social concerns towards the poor and the determination to address poverty.
One of the objectives of zakah distribution is to provide an adequate and suitable standard of living and to help Muslims remain above the level of poverty. It is meant to assist asnaf (recipients) to achieve a better quality of life and in turn become a contributor for the well being of others.
When someone gives zakah, he or she has to ensure that the recipients are one of those who are eligible to receive zakah. There are eight recipients of zakah. Allah defines in Surah al- Tawbah:Read More »Zakah: Islam’s Response to Poverty