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the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship

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Zakaah is that pillar, for it is the primary instrument that Allah has placed at our disposal to spiritually and socially uplift every Muslim and the entirety of our community and thereby to assert a benevolent hand for the commonweal of humanity.
Delaying Zakaah until Ramadan: Allah Has prescribed Zakaah on those whose wealth reaches a certain amount and made paying Zakaah one of the pillars of Islam.
The two most important religious institutions of Islam are Prayer and Zakaah (obligatory alms giving); yet when the injunction relating to Prayer and Zakaah were delivered, and they were repeatedly revealed in both Makkah and Madinah, no details were supplied.
The second pillar of Islam, Salaah [prayer] has been described as follows by Sir Arnold: "The religion of the Muslim is continuously present with him and, in the daily prayer, manifests itself in a solemn and impressive ritual which cannot leave either the worshipper or the spectator unaffected." In addition to the prayers, the other pillars of Islam, Zakaah [alms tax distributed to the poor], Haj (pilgrimage to Makkah), Siyaam (fasting in Ramadan), have always been factors in attracting many hearts to Islam.
Therefore, Zakaah (obligatory charity) is prescribed to be distributed among the segments of society that are in need of individual and communal assistance.
In general, the best place for the collection and distribution of one's Zakaah and charity -- and this includes Zakatul-Fitr -- is one's locality or community, be it in one's city, state, or country.
He asked the one who gave him the milk: "Where did you get this?" He said: " I passed by the camels of Zakaah while they was drinking water so I took from its milk." Umar put his hand in his mouth and vomited it up." A righteous woman advising her husband: "O husband fear Allah, and the provisions you bring us, for we can persevere through hunger but we cannot stand and persevere through the punishment of hell fire." These are the righteous ones.
Men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts them from the remembrance of Allah and performance of prayer and giving of Zakaah. They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will [fearfully] turn about.