ZAKAT IS SECURITY

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Having expressed excruciating anxiety soon after the First Revelation, the nervousness of the Noble Prophet (upon whom be peace) was appeased by the soothing words of his wife, Khadija: “No, no…I swear, God will never forsake you; for you always visit your relatives, speak the truth, help others (physically and financially), treat your guests well and be of assistance in everything pertaining to the Truth.”32

Abu Bakr had come across ibn Daginna, on his attempted migration to Abyssinia, who asked, “Where are you going?” Abu Bakr replied, “My tribe has tormented me, making life hell and has finally driven me out.” Ibn Daginnah, a socially influential man, retorted “No way! Return, for you are a man who does righteous deeds and lends physical and financial help to others. From now on, you are under my protection.”33 All this alludes to how acts like zakat, sadaqa and giving general assistance provide the security and protection of God, as well as gaining the trust of the public.

 

Senturk, Omer Faruk. “Charity in Islam” Tughra Books Press. January 2007.