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Social Impact Paper: Hajj assisting the poor

There are five pillars of Islam, we will engage with two of them: Hajj and Zakah. Ishaq Zahid describes the Hajj as “a pilgrimage to Mecca It is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Hajj was made obligatory in the 9th year of Hijra. The Holy Prophet sent off 300 Muslims under the leadership of Hazrat Abubakr Siddique (may Allah be pleased with him) to Mecca so that they could perform Hajj.” He further states,” This pilgrimage is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to do so. Nevertheless, over two million people go to Mecca each year from every corner of the globe providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to meet one another.” Hajj has been made a pinnacle of worship in order that Muslims who gather to perform Hajj can praise their Lord and Master, be thankful for His blessings, and humbly pray to Him for the removal of their difficulties. Muslims living in various parts of the world get to know each other, lay the foundation of social culture, give advice to each other, and provide opportunity for collective struggle (Zahid). Next we will examine another pillar, Zakah. This is the is the compulsory giving of a set proportion of one's wealth to charity. It is regarded as a type of worship and of self-purification.
Zakah does not refer to charitable gifts given out of kindness or generosity, but to the systematic giving of 2.5% of one's wealth each year to benefit the poor. There are charitable associations that receive money from wealthy people to help those who are financially unable to perform Hajj. These associations hand out the money to those who deserve it and who have never performed Hajj before. Dr. Ugail An-Nashmi, Dean of Shari'ah faculty: University of Kuwait, states, “An important principle of Islam is that everything belongs to God, and…...

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