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Zakah is the bridge of Islam

Question

Is the Hadith: ‘Zakah is the bridge of Islam’ suitable to quote?

 

Answer

Imams Tabarani, Bayhaqi (rahimahumallah) and other Muhaddithun have recorded this Hadith with a weak chain.

Sayyiduna Abud Darda (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Zakah is the bridge of Islam.” [i.e. Through Zakah, the impoverished are uplifted, thereby strengthening Islam, since Zakah is compulsory]

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 8932, Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 3038. Refer: Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 3 pg. 62)

 

The narration is suitable to quote, as is the case with Hadiths of this nature to explain the importance of Zakah.

(Also see: Targhib, vol. 1 pg. 517 and Al Maqasidul Hasanah, Hadith: 538)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar