قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ (1) الَّذِينَ هُمْ فِي صَلَاتِهِمْ خَاشِعُونَ (2) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ اللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ (3) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِلزَّكَاةِ فَاعِلُونَ (4) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِفُرُوجِهِمْ حَافِظُونَ (5) إِلَّا عَلَىٰ أَزْوَاجِهِمْ أَوْ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَانُهُمْ فَإِنَّهُمْ غَيْرُ مَلُومِينَ (6) فَمَنِ ابْتَغَىٰ وَرَاءَ ذَٰلِكَ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْعَادُونَ (7) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ لِأَمَانَاتِهِمْ وَعَهْدِهِمْ رَاعُونَ (8) وَالَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَىٰ صَلَوَاتِهِمْ يُحَافِظُونَ (9) أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْوَارِثُونَ (10) الَّذِينَ يَرِثُونَ الْفِرْدَوْسَ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ (11) وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنسَانَ مِن سُلَالَةٍ مِّن طِينٍ (12) ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاهُ نُطْفَةً فِي قَرَارٍ مَّكِينٍ (13) ثُمَّ خَلَقْنَا النُّطْفَةَ عَلَقَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْعَلَقَةَ مُضْغَةً فَخَلَقْنَا الْمُضْغَةَ عِظَامًا فَكَسَوْنَا الْعِظَامَ لَحْمًا ثُمَّ أَنشَأْنَاهُ خَلْقًا آخَرَ ۚ فَتَبَارَكَ اللَّهُ أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ (14) ثُمَّ إِنَّكُم بَعْدَ ذَٰلِكَ لَمَيِّتُونَ (15) ثُمَّ إِنَّكُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ تُبْعَثُونَ (16) وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا فَوْقَكُمْ سَبْعَ طَرَائِقَ وَمَا كُنَّا عَنِ الْخَلْقِ غَافِلِينَ (17)

Brothers and Sisters!
In the verse I have recited, Lord Almighty enjoins: “Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers, who turn away from ill speech, and who are observant of zakat…”1
Brothers and Sisters!
After the Prophet (s.a.w.) had appointed Muadh ibn Jabal of the sahaba as the governor of Yemen, he summoned him and his company. He advised them: “Make it easier, not harder! Bring them good tidings, do not make them hate it!”2
Then he turned to Muadh and said: “You are going to a nation that is not yet a Muslim one. Call them to bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped but Allah, and that I am the messenger of Allah. If they obey that, then tell them that Allah has enjoined upon them five prayers every day and night. If they obey that, then tell them that Allah has enjoined upon them charity (Zakat) from their wealth, to be taken from the rich and given to their poor…”3
Honorable Believers!
Zakat is a form of worship that has existed in almost all ages of human history. This ancient worship is one of the five pillars of Islam. 4 Zakat refers to the portion that people considered rich in our religion share with the needy and the poor. Verses and hadith specify who receives zakat and in what rate.

Purification Means Zakat – Infaq

Purification Means Zakat - Infaq
Friday khutba of Tokyo Camii: Purification Means Zakat – Infaq

Brothers and Sisters!
Zakat increases wealth instead of reducing or consuming it. It guards the individual against the disease of greediness and gives them the virtue of generosity. It cleans moral filth off souls and wealth off the rights of the needy. It builds bridges of love, respect, and fellowship between the rich and the poor.

Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The Holy Quran puts a particular emphasis on zakat. Those who give zakat and spend their wealth in the cause of Allah are praised as “fortunate believers” and heralded with blessings of eternal paradise. 5 Those who neglect zakat, who do not look after the poor and who become slaves of their fortune are warned harshly. The following verse of our Lord is among those warnings: “Announce a painful chastisement to those who hoard up gold and silver and do not spend it in Allah’s way. On the day when it shall be heated in the fire of hell, then their foreheads and their sides and their backs shall be branded with it; this is what you hoarded up for yourselves, therefore taste what you hoarded!” 6
Brothers and Sisters!
The Prophet of Grace warns us in his hadith: “Protect yourselves from the Fire, even with half a date.”7 In that, he offers us guidance from centuries ago about zakat, infaq, sadakah, helping one another, and selflessness. But regrettably, we are living in a world where natural resources are casually consumed, economic resources are unjustly distributed, and the gap between the poor and the rich is terrifying. While people are fighting starvation in some parts of the world, there is extreme waste and extravagance in other parts. The periods we went through led to wars, invasions, and millions of poor, homeless, and orphaned people. Zakat, in a sense, means protecting the orphans and the poor.
Then come, brothers and sisters, let us open our hearts, our hands altogether in this blessed month to the orphan, to the homeless, and to the deprived to make them feel they are not abandoned. Let us pay our zakat and fitr without losing any time. Let us make it our principle to help others and share with others. Let us ensure we do not hurt or offend anyone as we give our zakat, fitr or perform infaq. Come! Let us use every opportunity to please hearts and win favors. Come! Let us turn our earthly possessions into eternal gain.

  1. Al-Mu’minun, 23/1-4.
  2. Bukhari, Megâzî, 61.
  3. Bukhari, Zekât, 63; Muslim, Îmân, 29.
  4. Muslim, İman, 21.
  5. An-Nur, 24/36-38; Adh-Dhariyat, 51/15-19; Al-Ma’arij,70/22-35.
  6. At-Tawbah, 9/34-35; Also see. Bukhari, Rikâk, 10.
  7. Bukhari, Zekât, 10.