Zakāh Is for Cleaning

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Shaykh Mehmet Adil Al-Haqqani, Sohbet of the 21st of June, 2016.

As-salāmu alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni rrajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlina Muḥammadin Sayyidi l-awwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūl Allāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh ad-Dāghistāni, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Haqqāni. Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

There are 5 pillars of Islām. 3 of them are for worshipping, 2 of them for wealthy people – for people, who have money, it is obligatory. Zakāh and ḥajj aren’t obligatory for poor people. When is it obligatory? When they have money for zakāh they should have money equivalent to 100 grams of gold over the period of one year. If it is 5-6 months it isn’t obligatory yet. 8,9 months, until 12 months pass, you give 2,5% of that money.

2,5%. If you think about it, it is nothing. Zakāh cleans that wealth, cleans your money. It becomes ḥalāl. If not, your wealth is dirty. Even if one part of it is dirty, it spreads to all. Until you pay its right, that is Allāh’s right; it is a right to be given to the poor. If you don’t give that you commit various sins, you’ll be in trouble. You think you win but you lose. You lose both spiritually, it is a big loss, and also materially because zakāh increases the wealth. Don’t think that when you keep 2,5% you are making a profit. You lose more than that amount. Even if the barakah goes it is enough. When there is no barakah your wealth is useless.

Shayṭān makes a lot of tricks, deceives people. He doesn’t not just try to deceive, but he deceives a lot. Most people openly leave the right way and go astray. After our Prophet (saw) tens of thousands of Arabs entered into Islām. Hundreds of thousands of people became Muslim. Our Prophet (saw) first ordered them zakāh. Sometimes they accepted. The ones, who didn’t accept he fought against them until they accepted. In the end all of them accepted the zakāh. When they heard the passing away of the Prophet (saw), they said “we aren’t giving zakāh. We are Muslims but won’t give zakāh.” Hz. Abu Bakir said; “Even if you give one penny less I’ll fight with you.” He fought. He cleaned all those, who went out from Islām. They all accepted zakāh and continued like that.

So zakāh is an important thing. It shouldn’t be underestimated. The government takes a tax. The government’s tax isn’t yearly. As soon as you sell, they are on your back. If it was 2,5% everyone would thank Allāh. The government takes at least 20, 30 percent tax. Nobody says a word – “What is this?” People don’t say anything, they give. But for Allāh’s way, they don’t give. Even if it is 0,5% it will be too much for people. That’s why zakāh is very important. It is for our benefit. It cleans our wealth and increases the barakah. May Allāh make us all give zakāh.

Like we said people, who have money are obliged to give zakāh. The poor aren’t obliged to give. That’s why we say Allāh gives us all, because poverty is a difficult thing. Hz. Ali says “if poverty were a man, I would kill him.” Poverty is that difficult. Poverty isn’t a good thing. So we pray that we have money and we give zakāh.

Today we speak about Islām they have 5 pillars, 3 for worshipping for everybody. But there is 2 for only who rich, or get enough money to do this. One of them is zakāh, second one ḥajj. For poor people not obligatory this, only for he has enough money, meaning rich, and this money it must be one year with you. Before one year no need for this. And it’s around 100 grams of gold or more, they can calculate. And it is so small, only 2.5% from your money, if you have £100, it is only £2.5 you can pay. And it is very few, and it is not every time, only once a year. But even this shayṭān make it so big. People they are trying to not paying. Many people they are not paying. And they are cheating themselves.

This zakāh is to clean your money, to clean your fortune. But if you are not cleaning it, whole your money it will be dirty because this is not yours anymore. After one year 2.5% this is for Allāh and it is for poor people. If you keep it for yourself you are doing many wrong thing. First of them you become thief – steal money of poor people and take if for yourself. And this making you, gives you many bad things – from illness, taking barakah from your money, to be bad luck for your money, for your health even. For everything it is like poison. You must take it and give it. When you take it, it is becoming reward for you, helps you here and in ākhirah also.

It is very important and it is not so much. Because in our country here if you sell something or buy, they put VAT and others from VAT. There’s many tax, maybe at least it is 25% tax in our country. In Europe, the most civilized, 80% tax like communist. But people they are not complaining for that, only complaining for 2.5% and it is only once a year. They are complaining and making it big. Shayṭān showing people it is too much, “why this, why we will pay this?” When you pay for government Allāh not reward you because He is not order. His order only for you to pay for His order 2.5%. For other we cannot say it is order from Allāh, if we say this we are liars and we can be punished because we say something Allāh He didn’t say.

Only Allāh want from people and, it is if everybody doing this, it is enough, more than enough for whole poor people in the world. We know our brothers in Islām they have petrol, everyone they can give billion of zakāh, but they are not doing this. So Allāh is not oppressor as we said before also, He is our Creator. He knows what we can give, what we can do, what we cannot do. And we are asking Allāh, Allāh to make us able to do this. Because to do this, you must have enough money. To have enough money, it is good, not bad. Poorness it is so bad, can make people, especially weak ego people, to make very wrong thing. For this Sayyidunā ‘Alī he was saying “if poorness, he was a man, I want to kill him, to finish from poorness.” Of course this is what..because his knowledge from Prophet (saws) and he knows how bad it is, poorness. Allāh give us to give, in shā’ Allāh

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq. Al-Fātiḥah.

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