Economic disparities due to inequality in the distribution of resources seem to be inherent to human civilisation. Socialism and Communism have signally failed to remove or reduce this disparity that can only be accomplished through a judicious application of the principle of Zakaat, which is unique to Islam and elevated to an act of worship.

This monograph highlights the system Islam has evolved to accomplish social justice by redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. Zakaat is one of the pillars of Islam that enjoins all Muslims whose wealth exceeds the prescribed limit to pay Zakaat so that the needy, the poor and the people in distress can be helped. Zakaat is thus both a social and religious obligation on the “haves” to help the “have-nots.” Those who fail to fulfil this important religious obligation are warned of committing a major sin attracting retribution from Allah (SWT).

This monograph spells out clearly the categories on whom Zakaat will be binding as well as those entitled to receive Zakaat. It elaborates clearly the purpose for which Zakaat funds can be utilized as per the Qur’anic injunctions and the Traditions of the Prophet (SAWS). It also explains lucidly the methods of assessment as agreed upon by different schools of Fiqh. In the end it provides a handy proforma to assess Zakaat dues easily and comprehensively.

The monograph is compiled by a Committee of Experts led by late Mr. Syed Abdul Wali Quadri, former Chancellor of Jamia Nizamiah, Hyderabad, one of the oldest and reputed Islamic Institutes in India.