Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Beyond Our Zakat...
Assalaamu Alaykum WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatahu,
No doubt, Ramadan ul Mabarak brings the season of Zakaat to our communities. I am pretty sure most of us has already taken care of Zakaat distribution as the last few days of Ramadan are passing by very fast. Today, I would like to draw your attention to this fact that Zakaat (2.5%) is the minimum Fard (compulsory) charity for all of us. Allah (swt) has prescribed much more Infaaq-e-Fisabeelillah for the well to do Muslims.
We must give much more than the obligatory minimum of 2.5% in the way of Allah (swt) as our fellow human beings are suffering way beyond the normal ratios of poverty in this world. Even much more than the Tax Exemptions allowed by the IRS. The right amount will be when we alter our way of life to accommodate the charity we have given to take care of the victims of famine or poor orphans of this world.
Our African Drought Response team members will be spending their Eid among the victims of historic famine of East Africa. They are distributing food and other necessary items all this week on the borders of Kenya and Somalia. Water tankers are being used to supply much needed water to rural communities. A health clinic is being established right at the border town to help the refugees. All this need your help well beyond the minimum level of 2.5% Zakaat. Please donate as soon as possible as Ramadan days are passing very fast.
Jazak Allah Khair.