Zakaat – Easy way to gain proximity of Allah Most High
The importance of Zakaat in Islam is made clear by the following Hadith:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Darda (May Allah be well pleased with him), he said: The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Zakaat is the bridge of Islam. (Mo’jam Kabeer Tabarani, Hadith No. 175 Shu‘abul Iman, 3159)
There are now 2 opinions about the fact that if there is no bridge, it is very difficult to reach the destination and through a bridge those who are far can come near. By declaring Zakaat as the bridge of Islam, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) made clear its importance in Islam that if you want to reach the destination of pleasing Allah Most High, then take the bridge of Zakaat and cross this bridge to gain proximity to Allah Most High. This bridge simultaneously bridges worshippers with worshippers and also joins them with the Creator.