It is remarkable that so many Muslims take this matter so lightly as to simply relegate Zakat to the realms of voluntary sadaqa, commendable though this might be in its own right.
The first part of the book by Abdalhaqq Bewley succinctly explains the necessity for the proper collection and distribution of Zakat while outlining the pillar in a manner that makes sense of it in the current economic environment. The second part by Amal Douglas examines the economic setting, and in particular the role of gold and silver as currency and the place of the open free market.
Abdalhaqq accepted Islam in 1968 and spent some years in Morocco learning about Islam. Since that time he has worked on the establishment of Islam and Muslim communities, in the process living and teaching in Nigeria, the US, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, the Caribbean, and the UK. He is the author of Islam, its Basic Practices and Beliefs and with his wife Aisha Bewley translator of The Noble Qur’an, a New Rendition of its Meanings in English. He currently resides and teaches in Bradford.