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Al-Ghazali’s Ihya’ Ulum al-Din

The Mysteries of Charity

The Obligatory Charity (Zakat)
Chapter One

Allah, the Almighty has made Zakat, (Charity) one of the pillars of Islam and has
usually mentioned it immediately after the prayer saying: “Establish your prayers,
pay the obligatory charity, and bow with those who bow.” (Koran Ch. 2 verse 43).

The Prophet, praise and peace be upon him, said: “Islam rests on five things: To
certify that there is no god except Allah, and that Muhammad is His worshipper
and Messenger, to establish prayer, to give charity…” Allah, the Almighty has
warned those who do not pay the obligatory charity (Zakat) with dire
consequences, for He says: “Give glad tidings of a painful punishment to those
who treasure gold and silver and do not spend it in the Way of Allah.…” (Koran