The Prophetic Legacy
The guidance for the spirit and manner of service to mankind has been completed in the form of a perfect organized system established by our beloved Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A). Therefore the assistance of the poor, taking care of the orphans and widows, and helping the prisoners and wayfarers, in the form of Zakat has been declared a pillar equally important to Salah.
Zakat has been pronounced as a collective deed like Salah. A connection with Allah has been associated with Salah in congregation. Likewise a connection with Allah is also realized by establishing a good social system based on the collective system of Zakat committed to human welfare.
Today we have a substantial number of people who offer Salah in congregation but unfortunately the collective system of Zakat has faded away almost completely. This situation has resulted into the following drawbacks:
Millions of men, women, and children are living below the poverty line. Countless widows, divorced women and orphans are left without any patron. Numerous handicapped and elderly people are rendered helpless. Thousands of poor patients with critical ailments are deprived of medical treatment.
These affected people are compelled to barter their character, integrity, and faith for their needs. The Prophet (S.A) has rightly said, “Poverty leads to denunciation of faith.”
Another major disadvantage is that we no longer have any system for those who want to discard the path of evil and transform themselves into good human beings.
Lastly, catastrophic attempts are being made to fill this void by persons/organizations with no knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah. As a consequence, these people have started collecting Zakat in the name of the collective Zakat system and instead of spending it under the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah they spend it as per their desire.
Overhauling the Zakat Collection & Distribution System
The concept of zakat exemplifies Islam's strong concern with social and economic justice. It serves as the most effective system of equitable redistribution of wealth and income in society. It is a moral obligation as well as an effective fiscal measure for poverty eradication. However, the distributive economic impact of zakat depends on how it is administered, especially with regard to its distribution. Unfortunately, the administration of zakat in our society is not adequate, and therefore the full potential of zakat has not yet been realized in the contemporary circumstances. The critical responsibility of the collective Zakat system should therefore be shouldered by those who possess the true knowledge of the Quran and Sunnah and those who are trained and tested by the prominent spiritual and scholarly figures. The Rahman Foundation with the blessing of our esteemed scholars, divine will & help has made an attempt to revive the comprehensive economic miracle of the system of zakat by spreading its benefits to cater to the needs of all the deserving domains of society.