The giving of part of the provisions granted by God is one of the commitments enjoined upon mankind. This instance of self-sacrifice is required of His servants for the benefit of all. Giving without compulsion or need for recognition within or without the boundaries of the deen should be encouraged at every level. Instead of sacrificing a portion of their income or their crop or livestock bestowed upon them by God, they instead sacrifice their eternal soul and succumb to greed by hoarding God’s provisions. Again, the Reading warns us such behaviour is not acceptable. What has happened is that an orderly way of life that promotes the well being of all has been subverted to provide for the few in what has become a rapacious oligarchy.
There are many verses in the Reading calling people to perform acts of charity and God expects us to commit ourselves to these values.
God is the one who created you. He is the one who provides for you. He is the one who causes you to die and He is the one who resurrects you. Can any of your idols do all these? (30:40)
O you who believe, you shall give to charity from God’s provisions to you before a day comes wherein there will be no more business, no favouritism and no intercession. It is the non-believers who chose wickedness. (2:254)
And race towards forgiveness from your Lord, and the paradise that encompasses the heavens and the earth awaits the righteous people who are charitable during the time of prosperity and the times of hardship. They control their anger, and they pardon people. God loves those who are charitable. (3:133-134)
What is wrong with believing in God and the Day of Judgement and giving to charity from God’s provisions? God is fully aware of everyone. (4:39)
You can never guide anyone. God is the only one who guides in accordance with His will. Any charity you give is for your own good. Any charity you give shall be purely for the sake of God. And any charity you give will be repaid to you without the least injustice. (2:272)
These are the prescribed ways of God. We are expected to commit ourselves to this ideal. This is a personal commitment between a person and his or her Creator. Nobody should police the fulfilling of another’s obligations. God has even detailed the deserving recipients of charity. All the guesswork has been taken out. He in His wisdom makes it easy for His servants to fulfil their charitable obligations:
They ask you about charity. Say, “The charity shall go to parents, relatives, the orphans, the poor, and those who are on the path. Any righteous deeds you do, God is fully aware thereof.” (2:215)
He who is charitable in the cause of God is like a seed that grows seven ears with one hundred seeds in each ear. God multiplies the reward many fold for whomever He wills. God is bounteous, omniscient. (2:262)
These are only some of the sixty-odd verses in the Reading on the topic of charity. However, the word used for charity is anfak and not zakat.
This word anfak1 is alien to all the innocent ‘Muslims’ around the world. Very few of them have heard of this word in their life. The religionists concealed this important word in the Reading and the u’lema or the Arab priests assist in the deceit. They have substituted true charity with their corruption of the concept of zakat. The word zakaa actually means to purify. Try substituting that meaning in the many verses where zakaa appears to see how it reads contextually.
1 The word Anfak can generate other words like yun-fik, anfiq, infak and munfik to refer as to spend, the act of spending, spending or in the case of munfik is one who spends