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Religious Studies

Islam: concern for others

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Most religions give guidance about how we should treat other people. The Muslim faith teaches that wealth should be purified by sharing with others.

Muslim teaching

Islam teaches that all wealth and riches come from Allah (God) and are intended for the benefit of all humanity. At the centre of Muslim belief about wealth is zakah (purification of wealth by payment of a welfare due) which is one of the Five Pillars.

And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: and whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah: for Allah sees well all that ye do.

Surah 2:110

Zakah is central to the ummah, the worldwide brotherhood of Muslims. Zakah is also an act of ibadah (duty and worship). The payment of zakah purifies the wealth that a Muslim has left so that no harm can come to them from it. Zakah is also given at the festivals of Id-ul-Fitr, the celebration of breaking the fast on the day after Ramadan ends, and Id-ul-Adha, the celebration of the sacrifice, commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah.

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