Zakat, an obligatory alms giving, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The importance of this Islamic obligation is highlighted by the fact that it is directly linked to the ritual prayer (salaat) by Allah in the Qur'an on thirty-two occasions.
The first is by Shaykh 'Abd-Allah Siraj al-Din al-Husayni, may Allah be pleased with him, from Allepo wherein the author examines the wisdom behind fasting: its obligations, etiquettes, requirements, benefits and virtues.
The prayer, or ṣalah, has been described by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as one of the five foundations of Islam, the first duty to be judged by Allah Most High on the Day of Judgment and as the divider between faith and disbelief.
The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘I was sent from the best of generations of Adam’s progeny, generation after generation, until I reached my generation.’ - (Sahih al-BukhAri)