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) “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

1. Importance of Zakat : It is one of the most important concepts of Islam, it’s not only because of the fact that it is one of the five main pillars of the Islam, but it is also due to the fact that Zakat holds a huge significance in the financial life of every Muslim.

عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ: مَا نَقَصَتْ زَكَاةٌ مِنْ مَالٍ قَطٌّ.

On the authority of Imam Hasan ibn {Ali (peace be upon him): “Zakat does not decrease wealth, ever.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 28

2. One earns more when they give Zakat

Giving  Zakat leads to the flow of money in one’s household growing considerably. It also brings a servant close to their Lord and increases their Faith. This is the case with all of the acts of worship.

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 nutrition 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

3. Zakat helps eradicate poverty

When Muslims give Zakat, it brings a balance between the rich and poor. Zakat provides for the needs of the unfortunate who are majority of the people in most of countries. Zakat reduces the chances of recession.

عَنْ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الإِمَامِ عَلِيّ: عَلَيْكَ بِالصَّوْمِ؛ فَإِنَّهُ زَكَاةُ الْبَدَنِ

On the authority of the Commander of the Faithful, Imam {Ali (peace be upon him): “Take up fasting, for indeed it is the zakat of the body.”

Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 93, Page 248

4. Zakat is purification : Just as the Zakat given out of property causes it to be cleaned, to increase and to become fruitful; fasting is the cleansing of  the body that means it will increase good health and blessings.