Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is mandatory for every Muslim who is financially stable, to pay zakat to the poor and needy. Zakat is an act of worship that every Muslim should perform to help the underprivileged Muslims. In the Quran, zakat is discussed a number of times.
And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah” (Qur’an 2:110)
Zakat is meant to be paid in order to purify our wealth. Therefore, those Muslims who have enough wealth have to give 2.5% of your wealth to the poor and needy. It is the duty of wealthy people to serve the deprived community by helping them in every possible way. Zakat is not a voluntary charity but an obligation.