Importance of regular earning among Zakat cash applicants: Case study in Brunei

Zaki Zaini


Many studies have argued the potential of Zakat in alleviating poverty, however it is imperative to note that despite Zakat is believed to have significant role in alleviating poverty, the recipients of Zakat also play part in achieving this objective.  Zakat recipients are obliged to be economically active if they are capable to work and not to solely rely on Zakat alone. Zakat would only be effective if the system is utilized accordingly. Earning a regular income especially through employment would help the recipients in having enough income to sustain the monthly basic expense. One cannot solely rely on Zakat assistance and being deluded to believe Zakat will guarantee fulfilment of basic needs. This study has shown that regularity of income is related to the poverty level – those who earn regular income is significantly better off than those who do not. This study also signifies the importance of earning regular income in helping the Zakat fund to be more effective and sustainable as the fund goes to the most deserving ones.


Zakat;Unemployment;Regular earnings:Poverty

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