Zakat: An Act beyond Rituals
Of course, the importance of zakat as a fundamental Islamic pillar cannot be denied. Paying the due zakat can make a Muslim’s life more spiritually blessed than most acts. The religious aspect of zakat, its significance in terms of good deeds and the benefits & rewards promised with it are a topic that demands a detailed discussion. The scope of the current discussion, however, is to highlight the worldly impact of the ritual that zakat is. Not only that, but we are also going to talk about the fact how one can pay zakat from certain countries, in this discussion, the focus would be on Egypt. So, we daresay, there is plenty on offer to learn from this discussion. All we want in return is your undivided attention.
Why Zakat is Important for Muslim Society?
Let us begin this discussion by highlighting the tremendous importance that zakat has for Muslims. Folks, all of us are not blessed with the same set of resources. Some are a little more blessed than others, which means that the responsibility burden on the wealthier section of any society is greater than the underprivileged one. Ideally, it is the former that has to ensure that the rights of the latter are not exploited. But because idealism is not practical, by the system of zakat, Islam has ensured that the underprivileged section of the Muslim community is in the wealth loop all the time. Because zakat eliminates financial stagnancy in a commendable manner, it is one of the most revolutionary microfinance systems for sure.
Zakat’s Enhanced Importance Post COVID-19 Pandemic
We can all agree that the last couple of years have been quite the rough deal, speaking purely in economic terms. Things have never looked gloomier, courtesy of the mess caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even during these dark and despairing times, the revolutionary concept of zakat has come to the aid big time. Muslims all around the world had a support system to rely on in the form of zakat. The heart-wrenching situation and scenarios that developed during the pandemic served as a great motivator for Muslims all around the world to donate generously in the name of zakat.
Egypt, Zakat, and Muslims
How did the Egyptian Muslims donate zakat during those testing times? We now turn our focus to the topic around which this whole debate is orchestrated. Well, Egypt is an Islamic country. It is estimated that almost 90% of the Egyptian population is Muslim. Like the rest of the Muslim countries, Egypt also suffered from the horrifying impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Egyptian Muslims joined hands and did everything they could to save their fellow brothers and sisters. Because zakat is obligatory in Egypt, the percentage of zakat payers is quite high as well.
How Can One Pay Zakat in Egypt?
There are multiple ways in which one can pay zakat in Egypt. Because it is an obligatory act, the government ensures that every Egyptian Muslim pays some percentage of their income in zakat automatically. However, if someone wants to donate further in the name of zakat, well there are plenty of options to consider for such an individual. But even before we talk about these options, it is important to mention here that the determination of the zakat payment scheme is quite important as well. Payment in one go or payment in instalments? The choice is of the payer. To calculate zakat, online zakat calculation tools, like the one featured by Transparent Hands can be used to avoid lengthy paper calculations.
Where to Pay Zakat in Egypt?
Now onto the real question, how are you going to pay zakat in Egypt? Well, there are multiple ways in which you can accomplish this feat as an Egyptian Muslim. You can let the state take care of this affair, you can find the deserving candidates on your own or you can search for a charity that works for the welfare of the Muslim community in Egypt and donate your zakat money to such an organization. Now, there are many NGOs and INGOs that are working with the aforementioned objective. But if you don’t want to spend hours searching for such an organization, let us save you some time by familiarizing you with Transparent Hands.
If a busy lifestyle doesn’t allow you to search for eligible zakat candidates, you can donate your zakat to a trust 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 from this discussion. We wish we could have gone on a bit more, talking and discussing the finer points of zakat. Zakat is quite a diverse topic, with many finer nitty-gritties involved in it that demand a separate discussion of their own. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you learned something new about the impact and the significance of zakat. And a bit more if you are an Egyptian Muslim! Well, it is on this optimistic note that we bid you farewell from this space!