Holy Quran on Spending in the Way of AllahThe Ahmadiyya Gazette, May - June 1993
The capital levy prescribed in the Holy Quran denotes its purpose by its very name, Zakat. The word means that which purifies and fosters. By subtracting the share of the community from all wealth, the rest is purified by those entitled to make use of it; and by the application of the proceeds to the service of the community, the welfare of the community is fostered. Zakat is the third pillar of Islam and it thus reflects the importance in Islam of one's fellow beings.
And observe Prayer and pay the Zakat, and bow down will those who bow. (2:44)