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

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The Zakaat House of Kuwait, which for decades has funded social programs to assist the poor and needy in Guyana, such as orphanage programs and other philanthropic works through the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), has agreed to fund the expansion and modernization of a mosque in Meten-meer-Zorg, a small rural community, which will be named Masjid al Kuwait, reports Caribbean News Now (May 7, 2013):
The imposition of zakaat (a compulsory Islamic tax deducted by the government) in 1980s mobilized the Shia community against General Zia.
London, Dec 6 (ANI): An Indian company has launched an 'Islamic smart phone' that features a copy of the Koran, a GPS application that points to Mecca and a calculator for Zakaat charitable donations.
Being one of the most significant Islamic educational institutions in South Asia, the Dar-ul Uloom gets a steady stream of voluntary donations that are known collectively as zakaat.
Meanwhile, Maulana Muhammad Shafeeq Daulatzai, ex-Member Provincial Zakaat Council on Sunday demanded of the government to announce a special package for people of Barkhan, Kohlu, Sibi, Naseerabad and Killa Saifullah who had been badly affected by flash floods.
It was enjoined upon all Muslims to surrender 2.5% of their annual savings in cash, and in certain mentionable commodities as Zakaat, yet they were expected to give away everything beyond their immediate requirement i.e.
Zakaat, which is just one form of obligatory charity and collected by the Muslim State and used for welfare purposes, is amongst the five pillars of Islam.
The Government collected a 2.5 percent tax ("zakaat") on all Sunni Muslims, which was distributed to Sunni mosques and charities.
The book begins with a collection of sermons, each explicating one of the foundations of Islam--shahadah (declaration of faith), tauheed (the Oneness and uniqueness of God), salaat (prayer and worship), zakaat (the redemptive value of charity) and saum (purification by fasting and abstinence)--and the expression of them in the hajj, or prescribed pilgrimage.
Following vision of Prime Minister, PTI Govt has created much needed 'Ministry of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Coordination' to bring Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Zakaat, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, Trust for Voluntary Organizations, SUN Network, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and secretariats of the Poverty Alleviation Coordination Council and Labor Expert group under one roof to provide financial relief and assistance to the downtrodden and marginalized ones.
With the creation of Ministry of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Coordination, she said, all the departments including Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Zakaat, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and Trust for Voluntary Organizations would work under umbrella of a ministry to address the issues in efficient way.
It also carries essentials and terms of prayers, Importance of wisdom and blessings, Fasting and its commandments, Zakaat and Sadqaat, Issues of Hajj and Umrah at present etc.
The self-control, humility, and obedience produced by prayer and fasting are all present in the Haj as well as is the cleansing of greed from the heart as is done by giving Zakaat. The pilgrim spends in the way of Allah and enjoys the privilege of offering many prayers in the great Masjid wherein prayers are far superior to that of those given anywhere else in the world.
this context, our Holy Prophet, Muhammed (PBUH) loathed the culture of begging and introduced the system of ZAKAAT to help the needy with respect and honor.