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ByVal Girilovitch

Zakaat on agricultural products

Plants and fruits are included in the types subject to Zakaat

Plants and fruits are included in the types subject to Zakaat

Zakaah is the most important pillar of Islam after Prayer. The word “Zakaah” means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’; so, our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need. The obligatory nature of Zakaah is firmly established in the Quran, the Sunnah, the consensus of the Prophet’s sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allah exalt his mention ) Companions may Allah be pleased with them and the Muslim scholars may Allah have mercy upon them

 

One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to Allah, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. Allah also has set limits and restrictions on how to dispose of our wealth in order to strike a balance in the Muslim society. Allah Almighty promised those who fulfill this duty a great reward in this world and the Hereafter, and whosoever doesn’t fulfill it is sternly warned of the grave consequences.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Charity (Tzedakah): What is Tzedakah?

Tzedaka is equal to all the other commandments combined

Tzedaka is equal to all the other commandments combined

Legend holds that the taciturn President Calvin Coolidge once returned from a church service:

“What did the minister speak about?” his wife asked him.
“Sin,” Coolidge responded.
“And what did he say?”
“He was against it.”

One might suppose that anyone writing about tzedaka would run into the same sort of difficulty as Coolidge’s minister. After all, once one says that giving tzedaka is a good thing, what more remains to be said? Jewish sources reveal that there is a great deal more.

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ByVal Girilovitch

5 Ways to Give ‘Physical’ Sadaqah

A drink of water given to someone is sadaqah

A drink of water given to someone is sadaqah

The verb ‘give’ doesn’t necessarily denote voluntary charity as having to give away money, yet most of us absolve our obligation for charity by spending lots of money during Ramadan to various causes. Though these are all noble acts – what about other lasting charity acts that we can do physically?

The Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“Every good deed is charity” [Bukhari].

He also said:

“On every person’s joint or small bones (i.e. fingers and toes), there is sadaqah (charity) due every day when the sun rises. Doing justice between two people is sadaqah; assisting a man to mount his animal, or lifting up his belongings onto it is sadaqah; a good word is sadaqah; every step you take towards prayer is sadaqah; and removing harmful things from pathways is sadaqah” [Muslim].

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Payment of Zakaat

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam

Payment of Zakaat is the third act of worship in Islam. It is a tax which is levied on surplus money, gold, and silver at the rate of two and a half percent annually. Zakaat means purification of property and increase of goods.

By payment of the Zakaat tax, the rich in fact deduct a share for the poor from their surplus wealth thus purifying it. The poor, on the other hand, are provided with monetary assistance to help raise their living standard.

It is a beautiful system where the rich get to help the poor, without the poor feeling indebted to the rich. The Zakaat when due, is given to a central fund and the people who are in charge of distribution, will give it to the poor and needy, as required. Thus the poor and needy are not aware as to who gave them the money; likewise, the rich also do not know where their money went. Therefore, neither feels obliged to the other.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

8 Reasons Why We Need to Tithe

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithing is a giving God the first tenth of your income

Tithe is the one tenth of annual produce or earnings. God viewed the tithes as the part that was rightfully His in all His people produced or did. The tithes helped feed and pay the priests who kept the temple.

Nowadays, tithing is one of the most controversial topics in the churches. Many Christians struggle with the issue of tithing. In some churches giving is over-emphasized. At the same time, many Christians refuse to submit to the biblical exhortations about making offerings to the Lord. Tithing/giving is intended to be a joy and a blessing. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case in the church today.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Почему галичане еженедельно ходят в церковь?

Иосиф Слипый

Иосиф Слипый

120 лет назад, 17 февраля 1892 года на Тернопольщине родился Иосиф Слипый – греко-католический митрополит, на время которого пришлась попытка СССР уничтожить Греко-католическую церковь…

До своего ареста 1945 года Иосиф Слипый – ректор Богословской академии, член научного общества имени Тараса Шевченко, куратор Львовского украинского музея.
Относительная религиозная свобода окончилась в 1939 году, когда СССР во исполнение соглашения с Адольфом Гитлером вторгся в Западную Украину.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Tithing In The New Testament

6As long as I have been a Christian, I can remember people arguing and debating about tithing. Some say it was only an Old Testament Law that doesn’t need to be followed as believers under the New Covenant. And some say that it is just a relevant to New Testament Christians as it was in the Old Covenant.

I recently wrote about my tithing experience and I’d like to offer my thoughts on tithing in the New Testament…

It Isn’t A Means Of Salvation

You can’t earn your way to Heaven by giving and you won’t be excluded from Heaven by your lack of giving.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Out of our Faith, our good works manifest. So, in my opinion, if someone truly understands how great of a gift they have been given, they will expend a lot of energy giving back.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

5 Bible Verses About Money Every Christian Should Know

Let me start by saying that it was difficult to create this list. Think about it, I am trying to pick the best verses from the Bible about a particular topic. 5 Bible verses about a money we all should memorize…These are the 5 verses that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life. I hope you allow them to impact you as well….Are there really best verses, or are there just those that have impacted us more than others? I tend to think the latter.

So, this list is just that. These are the 5 verses that, even as I just scratch the surface of understanding them, have revolutionized my financial life. Each one of them has had a strong impact on many decisions in my life. I hope you allow them to impact you as well.

1. Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus

If you have lived much life at all, you are probably well aware that putting your trust in the economy, your employer, or your bank account is not a good idea. They are all fair-weather friends. They all can be helping you greatly one minute, and then the next everything has changed.

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ByMary Kuzmenko

Christians Who Tithe Have Healthier Finances Than Those Who Don’t, Study Says

Without this group of givers, most churches would cease to exist within months

Without this group of givers, most churches would cease to exist within months

Finances of Christians who tithe are generally healthier than the finances of those who do not, according to a new report that takes a close look at the financial, spiritual and giving practices of people who give 10 percent or more of their income away to churches and charities each year.

Researchers compared tithers to non-tithers using nine financial health indicators, and found that tithers were better off in every category. Among tithers, for example, 80 percent have no unpaid credit card bills, 74 percent don’t owe anything on their cars, 48 percent own their home and 28 percent are debt free.

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