why do muslims pay zakat?

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Why do muslims pay zakat during Ramadan? I know that its the third pillar of Islam but is there another reason? thankyou for your help.

-- Morgan Woods (lilcutieuk@hotmail.com), September 07, 2003


1)muslims don't pay zakat in Ramadhaan, they pay zakat 1 year from the time they became wealthy 2)Because God ordered us to

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-- Full Name (Morgan Woods (lilcutieuk@hotmail.com)), September 11, 2003.

There are two types of zakat. 1. Zakat/tax imposed on wealth such as money owned, gold, silver, cows, goats, camels etc. with several conditions applied 2. Zakat Fitr which is imposed on every muslim individuals and is only payable during the month of Ramadhan ( Fasting Month) along with several conditions applied. It is the third pillar of Islam, the reason it is imposed on muslims b'cos 1.Allah says in the Quran, with every wealth one acquired, there is a part of it that belongs to the needy and poor, so muslims are bound to pay zakat in order to help those people. 2. Furthermore, muslims need not to worry, cos Allah promises that every cent paid for zakat will increase one's wealth eventually.

-- filzah mohd nor (filzah_mohdnor@yahoo.com), February 11, 2005.

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