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Islam

Step 9: Earning God's mercy.

Principle: Justice

Almsgiving (zakat) is also a form of purification which cleanses the Muslim of greed and selfishness while requiring an equitable sharing of goods with the entire community. The purpose is to create unity and an understanding of the community as one interdependent whole.

Zakat is critical to one's salvation. If a Muslim recites the creed, prays and does good deeds but neglects zakat, there will be no salvation. There is a reciprocal relationship between the practice of zakat and experiencing God's mercy.

Text or Verse

Zakat represents the unbreakable bond between members of the community,
whom prophet Muhammad described to be 'like the organs of the body,
if one suffers then all others rally in response.'
Islamic Society, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Those who believe and do good deeds,
and fulfill their devotional obligations and pay the zakat,
have their reward with their Lord,
and will have neither fear nor regret.
The Qur'an 2:277

Spend of what We have given you
before death comes to one of you,
when he will say:
"O Lord, why did you not defer my term for a while
that I could give alms and be among the doers of good?"
The Qur'an 63:10

Practice

Muslims recognize that everything is the property of Allah. They are obligated to give 2.5% of their net incomes after deducting family expenses, taxes and debts owed.

Resources

IMAN, Iranian Muslim Organization of North America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

IMAAM Indonesian Muslim Association in America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Center of America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Foundation (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Nation of Islam Study Center (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Qur'an (to order) - Islamic Discovery (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

U.S. Organization of Islam (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

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