The 4th Pillar of Islam: Zakat (Mandatory Charity)<quoted text>
What sort of humanitarian work does Islam do and doesn't it have missionaries as well ??
Although I think charity is great because it helps people in need, I don’t think it should be mandatory just because you are part of a religion. In Islam, people are required to give at least 2.5 percent of their total income every year to Zakat (obligatory charity). Refusing to pay Zakat is a great sin and will send you straight to “hell” where you will be severely and painfully punished…. Talk about scare tactics!
Here are some of the problems I have with “Mandatory Charity”:
Forced charity is not really charity. It’s a tax.
Charity is supposed to be voluntary. People give because they want to help not because they have to. Many Muslims find themselves in awkward positions because they feel the pressure to give money. Although people who are under the poverty line are not really required to pay zakat, many people can barely get by with their annual income. Others also do not want people to know that they are having a difficult time so they feel the need to pay Zakat just so they don’t look poor.
Then you have the people who are trying to save up for the future. Whether it is for buying a house, getting married or paying for your children’s college. It is not fair to make it difficult for them.
Some people take advantage it
People usually give Zakat to organizations and mosques but do not monitor how it is distributed. It would be up to the people handling the money to decide who needs it. There are also many people who take advantage of Zakat. They are able to work and make money but do not do so just because they are lazy. They decide to go the easy route and take money from people who are giving to charity.
ZAKAT CANNOT BE GIVEN TO NON MUSLIMS!!!!!!!!!!
Most scholars agree that Zakat can only be given to Muslims. But what if you are in a community where non-Muslims need the money more? It would not be fair to give Muslims preferential treatment just because of their religion.
IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!!!!!!!!