Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. Unfortunately, for some, that is the maximum threshold of their knowledge about this revolutionary financial concept. It is important to keep highlighting the significance of zakat regularly to encourage more people to pay their due zakat. Only debate and discussion can highlight the crucial role zakat plays in an Islamic society! Keeping this need of the hour in mind, we are going to talk about zakat and its constructive influence on Muslim society. Not only that, but we are also going to share with you a few tips and tricks that you can use to pay zakat from European countries, in this discussion, the focus would be on Belgium.
Zakat’s Impact on Muslim Society
Having a support system feels nice, right? Whether it is at the individual level, family level, or at a societal level, it feels great to have that invisible helping hand, there for you all the time. For Muslims, zakat is that invisible helping support system. Our world works in such a manner that some have more than others. But that doesn’t liberate the wealthier folks from the responsibility of taking care of the underprivileged Muslims. Islam has introduced the concept of zakat for this specific purpose so that financial stagnancy doesn’t engulf a Muslim society, an important concept that we talk about in the next section of this discussion.
Zakat: The Antidote to Financial Stagnancy
Wealth has to circulate, it has to exchange hands. This is the golden principle of prosperity for any culture, society, country, etc. The resources cannot be locked in the lockers, vaults, bank accounts of a few rich ones. A major percentage of it has to be in circulation, otherwise, a society or country’s economy can become financially stagnant. Islam abhors this condition, the concept of zakat defies this condition automatically. Zakat ensures that wealth flows from upstream to downstream, this direction of wealth flow is ideal for any nation to prosper. No wonder many leading economists have dubbed zakat as a micro-financial revolutionary system. It can change the fates of people who are stuck at the bottom of the wealth pool in a society.
Belgium, Muslims, and Zakat
The presence of Islam in Belgium became a little more prominent after the 1960s. The Muslim population has increased to an extent where it comprises as much as 7% of the total population. This is a significant number itself, which means that like all other Muslims in different countries of the world, Belgian Muslims also have to find appropriate candidates for paying zakat. But unlike the predominantly Muslim countries like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, etc. the Belgian Muslims have a lot harder time finding the right candidates for their zakat. It is this problem that we address in this discussion.
How to Pay Zakat from Belgium?
Before we address the where question, it is important to talk about how aspect of this topic as well. The first step in the process of paying zakat is the actual calculation of zakat. Instead of doing your math on a piece of paper, you can use an online zakat calculator like the Transparent Hands zakat calculator. Once you have calculated the zakat, you need to determine whether you want to pay all of it in one go or do it in instalments. Also, it is quite important to mark the date on which you pay zakat, the usual trend is to pay zakat in the holy month of Ramadan.
Where to Pay Zakat in Belgium?
Now as to where you are going to pay zakat in Belgium, well your options are quite diverse. Believe us or not, you can pay zakat from Belgium to anyone, anywhere in the world. Muslim charities and trust organizations are working around the clock for the welfare of underprivileged Muslims around the world. You can try finding deserving candidates in Belgian Muslim communities as well, which would be a lot harder option. On the other hand, donating your zakat to a reputable trust organization is a lot easier task. One such organization is Transparent Hands.
If a busy lifestyle doesn’t allow you to search for eligible zakat candidates, you can donate your zakat to a trusted organization that you can trust. If you are interested in funding someone’s healthcare expenses, one organization that you might like to know more about is Transparent Hands, Pakistan’s biggest crowdfunding platform. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients.
How Transparent Hands manage your zakat? Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely. So, if you donate your donation to this trustworthy platform, you will be helping someone cover their medical expenses. Think about it, so many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic can’t afford their health expenses right now. Transparent Hands manages your donations to help these distressed souls!
That would be all for now. Zakat is quite a diverse topic with many finer nitty-gritties involved that we wish we could have talked about in this discussion. Unfortunately, we have run out of the time and space we had for this discussion, which means that those subtopics cannot be discussed in this space. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that there was something to learn about the significance of zakat for our readers, and a bit more for the Belgian Muslim readers! It is on that optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this discussion!