The prayer, fasting and Zakat are forms of ibadah, similar to the search for nafkah for the family.
- The prayer trains the Muslim to discipline himself with time and to prioritize his/her affairs accordingly.
- Zakat strengthens the community and builds the capability to be self-sufficient.
The purpose is to build a community that is more god conscious.
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 183)
(For the malay version, please refer to today’s Berita Harian, 12 Aug 2010)