Take from their wealth a portion for charity, in order to clean them thereby, and sanctify them.”
Literal Meaning: Zakaah means grow (in goodness) or ‘increase’, ‘purifying’ or ‘making pure’. So the act of giving Zakaah means purifying one’s wealth to gain Allah’s blessing to make it grow in goodness.
One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God, and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word Zakaah means both ‘purification’ and ‘growth’. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need, and, like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth.