The Ahadith on Zakat


Hadith Number 1:Zakat, A Bridge of Islam

رُوِيَ عَنِ النَّبِي  أَنَّهُ قَالَ: أَلزَّكَاةُ قَنْطَرَةُ الإِسْلاَمِ، فَمَنْ أَدَّاهَا جَازَ الْقَنْطَرَةَ وَمَنْ مَنَعَهَا إِحْتَبَسَ دُوْنَهَا وَهِيَ تُطْفِئُ غَضَبَ الرَّبِّ.

It has been narrated from the Noble Prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family), that he said: “Zakat is the bridge of Islam; so whoever performs it can cross the bridge and whoever withholds it will be detained beneath it. And it (Zakat) extinguishes the anger of the Lord.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 74, Page 40

Hadith Number 2: Zakat and its Importance

رُوِيَ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللٌّهِ الصَّادِقِ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: مَا فَرَضَ اللٌّهُ عَلى هٌذِهِ الأُمَّةِ شَيْئاً أَشَدُّ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنَ الزَّكَاةِ، وَفِيْهَا تَهْلِكُ عَامَّتُهُمْ.

It has been narrated from Abi {Abdullah (Imam) al-Sadiq (peace be upon him), that he said: “Allah has not imposed anything more serious than Zakat upon this nation – and due to it, many of them shall perish.”

Al-Kafi, Volume 3, Page 497, and Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 22

Hadith Number 3: Zakat is Coupled with Prayer

رُوِيَ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ الرِّضَا أَنَّهُ قَالَ: إِنَّ اللٌّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَمَرَ بِثَلاَثَةٍ مَقْرُوْنٌ بِهَا ثَلاَثَةٌ أُخْرَى: أَمَرَ بِالصَّلاَةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ، فَمَنْ صَلّى وَلَمْ يُزَكِّ لَمْ تُقْبَلْ مِنْهُ صَلاَتُهُ…

It has been narrated from Abul Hasan (Imam) al-Ridha (peace be upon him), that he said: “Indeed Allah, the Sublime and Glorious, commanded three things and coupled them with three other things: He prescribed the prayer and the zakat (together). Thus, whoever prays and does not act upon the zakat, his prayer shall not be accepted from him …”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 12

Hadith Number 4: Zakat is Coupled with Prayer and Piety

رُوِيَ عَنِ الإِِمَامِ الصَّادِقِ أَنَّهُ قَالَ :لاَ صَلاَةَ لِمَنْ لاَ زَكَاةَ لَهُ، وَلاَ زَكَاةَ لِمَنْ لاَ وَرَعَ لَهُ.

It has been narrated from Imam al-Sadiq (peace be upon him), that he said: “There is no prayer for whom there is nozakat; and there is no zakat for whom there is no piety.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 81, Page 252

Hadith Number 5: The Reason for Zakat, Helping Others

رُوِيَ عَنِ الإِمَامِ الرِّضَا: عِلَّةُ الزَّكَاةِ مِنْ أَجْلِ قُوْتِ الْفُقَرَاءِ، وَتَحْصِيْلِ أَمْوَالِ الأَغْنِيَاءِ. لأَِنَّ اللٌّهَ تَبارَكَ وَتَعَالىٌ كَلَّفَ أَهْلَ الصِّحَّةِ الْقِيَامِ بِشَأْنِ أَهْلِ الزَّمَانَةِ وَالْبَلْوَى

It has been narrated from Imam al-Ridha (peace be upon him), that he said: “The reason for zakat is to ensure the sustenance of the poor and to levy the wealth of the rich, for Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, has charged the people of good health with upholding the affairs of the people afflicted with illness and tribulation.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 18

            Hadith Number  6: The Reason for Zakat, Accountability of the Rich

وَعَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّد  عَنْ أَبِيْهِ  عَنْ آبَائِهِ  عَنْ عَلِيٍّ أَمِيْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ: إِنَّ اللٌّهَ فَرَضَ عَلى أَغْنِيَاءِ النَّاسِ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ قَدْرَ الَّذِي يَسَعُ فُقَرَائَهُمْ. فَإِنْ ضَاعَ الْفَقِيْرُ أَوْ أَجْهَدَ أَوْ عَرَى فَبِمَا يَمْنَعُ الْغَنِيُّ وَإِنَّ اللٌّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مُحَاسِبُ الأَغْنِيَاءَ فِي ذٌلِكَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَمُعَذِّبُهُمْ عَذَاباً أَلِيْماً.

On the authority of Imam Jafar ibn Muhammad (al-Sadiq) (peace be upon him), from his father (peace be upon him), from his forefathers (peace be upon them), from {Ali, Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him), that he said: “Indeed Allah has imposed on the rich people a measure that will suffice their poor ones. Thus if the needy one is at a loss, or is overly strained, or is unclothed, then it isdue to what the rich one has withheld. And indeed Allah, the Sublime and Glorious, shall hold the rich ones accountable for that on the Day of Resurrection and shall punish them with a painful punishment.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 28

Hadith Number 7: The Reason for Zakat, Sustaining the Poor

عَنِ الإِْمَامِ مُوْسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرِ الْكَاظِمِ : إِنَّمَا وُضِعَتْ الزَّكَاةُ قُوْتاً لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَتَوْفِيْراً لأَِمْوَالِهِمْ.

On the authority of Imam Musa ibn Jafar al-Kadhim (peace be upon him): “Zakat has only been enforced to ensure the sustenance of the poor and to secure the availability of their wealth.”

Al-Kafi, Volume 3, Page 498, and Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 1

Hadith Number 8: The Reason for Zakat, A Trial for the Wealthy

عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللٌّهِ الصَّادِقِ: إِنَّمَا وُضِعَتْ الزَّكَاةُ إِخْتِبَاراً للأَغْنِيَاءِ وَمَعُوْنَةً لِلْفُقَرَاءِ. وَلَوْ أَنَّ النَّاسَ أَدَّوا زَكَاةَ أَمْوَالِهِمْ مَا بَقِيَ مُسْلِمٌ فَقِيْراً مُحْتَاجاً، وَلاَسْتَغْنىَ بِمَا فَرَضَ اللٌّهُ، وَإِنَّ النَّاسَ مَا افْتَقَرُوا وَلاَ احْتَاجُوا وَلاَ جَاعُوا وَلاَ عَرَوا إِلاَّ بِذُنُوْبِ الأَغْنِيَاءِ.

On the authority of Abi {Abdullah (Imam) al-Sadiq (peace be upon him): “Zakat has only been enforced as a trial for the rich and as a provision for the needy. Were people to carry out the zakat of their wealth, no Muslim would remain poverty-stricken and needy; he would manage with that which Allah has decreed. Indeed, people are only impoverished, needy, hungry and unclothed as a result of the sins of the wealthy.”

Man La Yahdhuruhu al-Faqih, Volume 2, Page 7

Hadith Number 9: Giving Zakat Increases Wealth 

عَنْ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ قَالَ: قَالَ النَّبِيُّ: إِذَا أَرَدْتَ أَنْ يُثْرِيَ اللٌّهُ مَالَكَ فَزَكِّهِ.

On the authority of the Commander of the Faithful (Imam {Ali) (peace be upon him): the Apostle (blessings of Allah be upon him and his family) said: “If you wish for Allah to multiply your wealth, then purify it (through zakat).”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 23

Hadith Number 15: Protecting Wealth with Zakat – #2

عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللٌّهِ الصَّادِق: مَا ضَاعَ مَالٌ فِي بَرٍّ وَلاَ بَحْرٍ إِلاَّ بِتَضْيِيْعِ الزَّكَاةِ، فَحَصِّنُوا أَمْوَالَكُمْ بِالزَّكَاةِ.

On the authority of Abi {Abdullah (Imam) al-Sadiq (peace be upon him): “Wealth is not lost, neither in the land nor the sea, except due to squandering zakat. So secure your wealth with zakat.”

Al-Kafi, Volume 3, Page 505, and Bihar al-Anwar, Volum

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2 thoughts on “The Ahadith on Zakat

  1. Reading these hadiths after the exert on the importance of prayer shows the comparisons between the two. While prayer has endless individual benefits, zakaat ends up benefitting the entire community because every Muslim were to give their share of zakaat no one person would be in desperate need of any supplies. Even though one is technically losing money by giving zakaat, Allah (SWT) ends up securing the wealth of those who give charity. Like prayer, the importance of zakaat is stressed throughout numerous hadiths and I think that zakaat is what can make people feel like they are actually part of the community. It gives one a sense of accomplishment on the inside when she sees that her contributions helped feed a family or build a mosque.

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