Author Archives: Mary Kuzmenko

ByMary Kuzmenko

Giving as an Expression of Worship

Giving is an an act of affection and devotion, motivated by the love of Jesus himself, each Christian must contribute into the church treasury each Sunday

Giving is an act of affection and devotion, motivated by the love of Jesus himself.

Is the Christian’s giving into the treasury of the church on the Lord’s day an expression of worship to God? This is a question of supreme importance.

In part, at least, worship may be described as an expression of awe, devotion, and love — from man, the creature, to his Creator. One aspect of this reverential disposition can entail the presentation of gifts.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Zakat (The Poor Due): Meaning, Ruling and Benefits

The literal meaning of "Zakat" is purity

The literal meaning of “Zakat” is purity

The literal meaning of “Zakat” is purity. Its Islamic technical meaning designates the annual amount of wealth, food, property etc. which a Muslim with the adequate means must distribute among the rightful beneficiaries.
Zakat is a remarkable institution and a major pillar of Islam. Allah, Almighty, Says (what means): “And establish the Prayer, and pay Zakaat (the poor due)…” [Quran, 2:43]

Moreover, Zakat is an obligatory act because it is one of the pillars of Islam: The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) said: “Islam was built upon five (pillars): `The testimony that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; the establishment of the prayer; paying the obligatory charity (Zakat); pilgrimage to the House (Hajj to the Ka’bah in Makkah) and fasting (the month of) Ramadan.”‘ [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Zakat is a small portion of the Muslim’s wealth that must be given to the poor or to other specified beneficiaries. Whoever claims that Zakat is not obligatory and refuses to pay it, is not a Muslim, but a Muslim who refuses to pay Zakat due to stinginess, while affirming its obligation, has committed a great sin for which one will be severely punished.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Что такое закят ?

Закят - это важный социально-экономический институт ислама

Закят – это важный социально-экономический институт ислама

Закят – третий столп ислама – это важный социально-экономический институт, призванный утвердить в обществе принципы справедливости и затрагивающий очень многие аспекты жизнедеятельности общества.

Жизнь современных мусульман значительно изменилась по сравнению с прошлыми столетиями. В XXI веке мусульмане сталкиваются с такими явлениями, как глобализация, безналичные или виртуальные расчеты, разворачивающийся на наших глазах новейший финансовый кризис. Вполне естественно, что у людей возникают вопросы, как лучше исполнить религиозные предписания.

Условия, в которых живут мусульмане в западном обществе и в России во многом схожи. Поэтому мнения ученых-богословов, проживающих на Западе, являются актуальными и для нашей страны. В представленном материале собраны фетвы авторитетных западных мусульманских ученых и богословов относительно уплаты закята.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Philosophy and Principles of Tithing  according to the Rule of St. Michael

Give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything God has given

Give back to the Lord in gratitude a portion of everything God has given

From the Constitution (based on the brochure: “Where Your Treasure Is …” by Rev. Fr. Joseph Champlin, (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1983):

294. Principles and Philosophy of Tithing: Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II said: “We cannot stand idly by, enjoying our own riches and freedom if, in any place the Lazarus of the twentieth century [or any century] stands at our doors.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19 states:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

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