The Economic Sphere

Prophet Muhammad said:

“Whoever offers prayers but does not pay Zakah, his prayers are in vain.” (Al-Mundhiri)

Undoubtedly, one of the most significant roles of Zakah in an Islamic economic order is that it “prevents the morbid accumulation of wealth in a few hands and allows it to be diffused before it assumes threatening proportions in the hands of its possessors.” That is to say that Zakah ensures that wealth and property are not expropriated and controlled only by a section of a society to the detriment or total exclusion of rest of the society.

As it happens, Zakah is a distributive mechanism par excellence in that it seeks to establish a society in which wealth, goods and services are both equitably distributed and shared and Muslims care for one another, so that inequity and injustice is eliminated on the one hand while poverty and hunger are alleviated on the other.

The Quran constantly reminds the faithful that God commands justice and the doing of good and avoidance of wrong. Muslims need to return to this message of justice, fairness and equality. And the sooner they do the better.