Zakat Is The Bridge Of Islam
“Zakah is the bridge of Islam.” After the foundations of religion are laid with Iman and its pillars raised with Salah, Zakah stands as a bridge to complete this structure. This is because, the magnificent building of Islam constructed for our protection here and hereafter, requires some financial expenses, which can be covered with the Mali (financial) Ibadat the most essential of which is Zakah.
As mentioned in the fifth Ayah (verse) of Surah Fatiha, “You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help.”, we need to establish our rows neatly in order to pray to Allâh Ta‘ala in Jama’ah (congregation), and we need to stand in the rows with the sense of unity. And the sense of unity becomes possible by making sure that nobody in that Jama’ah is without food, even for one day. It is impossible for a hungry person and a full one to stand in a row with a bond of love as if they were a [single] structure joined firmly.
A true sense of unity in a congregation can be achieved only when the poor and needy are taken care of and employ those who can work. And to accomplish that, firstly, the considerable gap between the rich and the poor should be closed by means of Zakat and Fitrah, and then a bond of love should be established. In fact, it is necessary to establish this love through Iman (faith) and a feeling denoting that Allâh Ta‘ala is the real owner of everything.
A Muslim should have the conscious that the wealth he possesses belongs to Allâh, and he is obliged to discharge it to the needy servants of Allah Ta’ala.
When discharging his Zakat, he must bear in mind that such a portion of wealth is not his possession. It is infact, the right of the poor, it is just an Amanah entrusted to him, and he is obliged to give that which Allâh Ta‘ala entrusted to him. Therefore, he will give wholeheartedly the due right of the poor, which will please the recipient’s heart and help meet their needs.
Zakat, in this sense, is a bridge taking the Muslim from inferiority to a lofty status.