Paying the Poor-due (Zakat)
The benefit of giving Zakat
Allah Ta'ala has stated that 'success is for those who give Zakat'. He has also stated 'Whatever you give, Allah will replace it with even more and Allah is the best at giving wealth'. He has also stated 'that those who are misers, then don't think that whatever Allah has given them due to His virtue that it is a good thing for them but it is a bad thing for them, because that item will be wrapped around their necks and a lock put on it for those who are tight with their money'.
Punishment and loss for not giving Zakat
Allah has also stated ' those who collect silver and gold and do not spend it in the path of Allah then they will be given severe punishment and give them the good news that when they are heated in the fire of Hell and with that their foreheads and sides and backs will be marked and they will be told that this is that gold and silver which you gained for your desire and so taste what you had gained'. The Holy Prophet SallAllaaho Alaihi wa aalihii Wasallam has reported that 'the goods that are destroyed, are destroyed due to not giving Zakat'. He has also reported' that 'strengthen your possession by giving Zakat and heal your sick by giving Sadqa and pray to deter any difficulties and cry and perform worship'. He has also reported that 'Allah Ta'ala has made four things obligatory and those who only perform three of them and miss one then it will be of no use to them until all four things are not performed. Namaz,Roza, Zakat and Hajj, and he stated that those who do not give Zakat, their Namaz is not accepted [Tibrani, Abu Da'ud, Imam Ahmad].
Conditions when Zakat would become necessary
1. To be a Muslim
2. To be an adult
3. To be sane
4. To be free (i.e. not a slave)
5. To be the owner of goods above Nisaab (threshold-where Zakat would become necessary)
6. To be a complete owner of the goods
7. To be free from any sort of loan
8. To be free from any goods which are regarded as basic necessities of living
9. The good have a value which will increase
10. For a year to pass
A fixed time loan or Mehr does not stop you from giving Zakat
Basic Necessities (Hajat-e-Asaliya)
Zakat for three types of goods
The conclusion is that there are three types of goods which Zakat is necessary upon.
1. Gold and Silver.
2. Goods for business.
3. Animals which are kept for production and who eat on free range land.
ZAKAT FOR GOLD. SILVER AND BUSINESS GOODS
Nisaab for Gold and Silver
The Nisaab (threshold) for gold is seven and a half Tola (88 grammes) and for silver it is fifty two and a half Tola (620 grammes). The Zakat for gold and silver is determined by it's weight and not it's value. For example, jewellery or utensils of gold is made but it's making makes the value of the gold more than 200 Dirhams (which may be the price of 7.5 tolas of gold). Also nowadays the value of 7.5 tolas of gold makes many Nisaabs when compared with the 52.5 tolas of silver and therefore the Nisaab will be calculated on weight and not on the value. In the same way by giving silver as Zakat for gold then the value will not be counted but the weight will be counted even if because of work and craftsmanship the value has increased. For example, if you had £700 worth of silver and you gave £25 for Zakat because although the jewellery was worth £700, it actually cost another £300, making the total £1000, then the Zakat would need only be £20 and the other £5 would be extra as the Zakat is given on the weight and not the total value.
How much Zakat should be given ?
Calculation for goods more than the Nisaab
Zakat on Notes is also necessary
ZAKAT ON SAIMA ((ANIMALS)
Definition of Saima
Zakat is necessary on three types of animals that are Saima, i.e. camels, cows and goats. Saima is those animals who spend most of the year grazing and their purpose is to gain milk or their young or just to keep [Tanweer, Bahar]. If hay or grass is brought to them in your home or the animals are used to shift loads or carry loads or are used for travelling on, then even if they graze, they are not Saima and their Zakat is not necessary. In the same way if they are kept to eat meat then Zakat is not necessary even if the animal grazes in the wild. If the animal is for sale and is kept to graze, then this is also not Saima, however, the value is to be calculated as business goods and the Zakat is to be given as normal [Durr-e-Mukhtar, Radd-ul-Mohtar, Bahar].
Zakat on Camels
Zakat is not necessary on less than five camels. When you have five or more than five but less than twenty-five, then on every five camels one goat is given as Zakat. Therefore if you have five then one goat is to be given and if you have ten then two are given etc etc [Hidaya, Durr-e-Mukhtar].
Zakat on Cattle
Zakat on Sheep and Goats
If you have less than forty sheep or goats then Zakat is not necessary. Between forty and one hundred and twenty then you would give one goat or sheep, meaning regardless of the quantity between this figure, only one goat is sufficient. Two goats are given for the quantity between one-hundred and twenty one and two hundred. Then upto between 201 and 300, three goats are to be given. Between 301 to 400, four goats are given in Zakat. Then for every hundred extra one extra goat is given and for any goats that are between the hundred mark, then there is no extra Zakat.
ZAKAT ON CROPS AND FRUIT
Which ground is regarded as Ushr (one tenth) and as Nisf Ushr (One twentieth) ?
The Holy Prophet SallAllaaho Alaihi wa aalihii Wassallam has stated that the ground that has rainfall falling on it or has a stream of water wetting the ground or is looked after by water from a river or stream then it has to be given in Ushr (one tenth of the crops to be given to charity) and the ground that has to be given water where the water is brought to the ground on an animal etc. then that has to be given as Nisf Ushr (one twentieth of the crops to be given) [Bukhari etc.].
Different types of land
Rule: There are three types of land;
2. Taxable (Khiraji)
3. Non Ushri and non taxable.
It is necessary to give tax on land that is taxable. It is necessary to give Ushr on land that is Ushri or land that is non Ushri and non taxable. Ushri land is that land where it is necessary to give Ushr, meaning whatever grows one tenth of it and taxable land is that land where tax has to be given, meaning that much tax which the king of Islam has fixed, whether it be fixed as a percentage of the crops e.g. one quarter or one third or half or a fixed amount e.g. ten or twenty rupees per acre or something similar to what Hazrat Umar Farooque had fixed.
For whom and for what is Ushr necessary ?
Land that qualifies as Ushri or Taxable (Khiraji)
Tax is not counted by giving it to the government -Where can tax (Khiraj) be given ?
WHOM CAN ZAKAT BE GIVEN TO ?
Who is a poor person and is defined as a pauper
Who should be given preference when giving Zakat
Who can beg or ask for financial help
Begging is a degrading act
SADAQA AND FITRA
The Holy Prophet SallAllaaho Alaihi wa AaliHii Wasallam has stated that ' a servant's fast remains stuck between the earth and sky until he gives Sadaqa-e-Fitra [Delami, Khateeb, Ibn-e-AsaakarJ.
Whose Sadaqa-e-Fitr is Waiib upon who ?
Quantity of Sadqa-e-Fitr
The quantity of Sadqa-e-Fitr is half a Sa'a of wheat or it's flour or instead of this half a Sa'a of it's mixture with barley, or one Sa'a of dates or raisins or barley or it's flour or instead of this one Sa'a of it's mixture [Hidaya, Durr-e-Mukhtar, Alamgiri etc.}. Rule: It is better to give the flour of wheat or barley rather than the grains and it is better than that to give the monetary value, whether you give the value of wheat, barley or dates. However, during a price war or famine it is better to give the goods than money. If money is given for bad wheat then subsidise the rest of the money with the money of good wheat [Radd-ul-Mohtar].
The weight of a Sa 'a
After great study and analysis it is suggested that the price at present (however, this can increase) two pounds and fifty pence (£2.50) The price of half a Sa'a is one pound and twenty five pence (£1.25). One Sa'a is four pounds and six and a half ounces (4lb, 6.5ozl and half a Sa'a is two pounds and three and a quarter ounces (2lb 3 25 ozi For the sake of ease it is better to give four and a half pounds of (4 5lb) barley or dates or two and a quarter pounds (2.25lb) of wheat for each person as Sadqa-e-Fitr.
Who should be given Sadqa-e-Fitr ?
The same people qualify for giving Sadqa-e-Fitr as those who qualify for giving Zakat to except for an Aamil An Aamil can be given Zakat but not Sadqa-e-Fitr [Durr-e-Mukhtar, Radd-ul-Mohtar].
QURBANI - (SACRIFICE)
Definition of Qurbani
Qurbani is a worship with goods and is Wajib upon every rich person. To sacrifice a specific animal on a specific day for the sake of Allah for the intention to gain reward is called a Qurbani. Qurbani is Wajib upon every Muslim who is not a traveller and is the owner of Nisaab and is a free person.
Who is Qurbani Wajib upon ?
Rule: Just as Qurbani is Wajib upon all males it is also Wajib upon all females [Durr-e-Mukhtar, etc].
Rule: Qurbani is not Wajib upon a traveller, however, if he wishes to perform it voluntarily, then he can do so and will gain reward [Durr-e-Mukhtar, etc]. The owner of Nisaab means to have as much goods in addition to the basic necessities an amount of two hundred Dirhams (approx. £300-£400) [Durr-e-Mukhtar, Alamgiri, etc.].
Rule: Whoever has two hundred Dirhams or twenty Dinars in addition to the basic necessities or is the owner of goods that equal to two hundred Dirhams etc. then according to Shariat that person is rich and Qurbani is Wajib upon them [Alamgiri etc.].
Time of Qurhani
The time of Qurbani is from the break of dawn of the 10th of Zil Hajj to sunset on the 12"1 of Zil Hajj, meaning three days and two nights. However, it is better to perform it in the morning of the 10"1, then 11th, then 12th.
Rules of Qurbani
Once the conditions of Qurbani are fulfilled (as mentioned above), then to sacrifice one goat or sheep or lamb or one seventh of a camel, cow, buffalo is Wajib and no less than this can be performed. If a person's share of a large animal is less than one seventh then their share of the Qurbani will not count (meaning, if eight people are jointly sacrificing one large animal then only seven of these people's Qurbani will count). If there are less than seven people jointly performing Qurbani and the parts divided are equal to at least one seventh per person then the Qurbani will count.
Method of performing Qurbani
The animal that is going to be sacrificed should be fed and given water. The knife that is going to be used should be sharpened beforehand, but not in front of the animal. The animal should be laid on it's left side with it's face pointing towards the Qibla and the person slaughtering the animal should put their right foot on the animal and quickly slaughter the animal using a sharp knife. Before slaughtering the animal, this Dua should be prayed;
"Inni Wajjahto Waj'hiya Lillazi Fataras Samaawaat'e Wal'arda Hanifaw Wamaa Anaa Minal Mushrikeena, inna Salaati Wa Nusooki Wa Mah'Yaaya Wa Ma'maati Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen. Laa Shareeka Lahu Wa Bizaalika Umirtu Wa Anaa Minal Muslimeena Allahumma Laka Waminka Bismillahi Allahu Akbar".
As soon as you finish praying the Dua, start cutting with the knife. If the Qurbani is from yourself then after slaughtering pray this Dua;
"Allahumma Taqabbal Minni Kamaa Taqabbalta Min Khaleelika Ibraheema Alaihis Salaam Wa Habeebika Muhammadin Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam"
When slaughtering cut all four veins (in the throat) or at least three veins and so that the knife reaches the back of the throat and it should not be cut more than that as it would cause unnecessary pain for the animal. As soon as the animal goes cold then cut the feet and take off the skin. If you have slaughtered the animal on behalf of someone then at the point where you pray "Minni" pray "Min Falaa" (meaning their name). If the animal is bought jointly and there are more than one person involved in the partnership of the animal such as a cow, camel, buffalo etc. then all their names should be said in place of 'Falaa'.
Rules of meat and the skin
If the animal is bought jointly then the meat should be weighed and equally distributed. It should not be divided roughly because if it is divided un-equally then even if the person receiving less, forgives them it will not be forgiven as the right is as per Shariat [Radd-ul-Mohtar, Bahar]. Then split your share into three parts and give one third to the poor as Sadqa, one third to your relatives and one third for yourself and eat the meat yourself and give some to your wife and children. If you have a lot of children and a large family then you can keep all the meat for yourself and if you so wish you can give all of it to Sadqa, however, it is better to keep one part of yourself.
Which animals can be used for Qurbani
Animals for Qurbani - Camel, cow, buffalo, goat, ewe (male or female), eunuch, large eunuch can all be used for Qurbani [Alamgiri].
Age of a Qurbani Animal
What should a Qurbani Animal be like ?
NOTICE: Just look at our master and king the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Mustapha Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallam's big heart and concern that he made a Qurbani on behalf of his Ummat and thought of us, therefore, if a Muslim can then they should perform an additional Qurbani on behalf of the Holy Prophet then it would be a very good and fortunate act [Bahar-e-Shariat].
Definition of Aqueeqa
Due to the happiness of when a child is born, the animal that is slaughtered is known as an Aqueeqa.
When should an Aqueeqa be performed
What should be done with the Aqueeqa meat ?
Dua for Aqueeqa
When slaughtering the animal for Aqueeqa, pray this Dua;
"Allahumma Haazihi aqueeqatu ibn-e-Falaa (Instead of Ibne Falaa state the your child's name if you are slaughtering the animal yourself, and if someone is performing the Aqueeqa on behalf of someone then say the child and the child's father's name) Damuhaa Be-Damihi Walah muha Bi Lahmihi Wa'azmuha Be-Azmihi Wa Jilduha Be-Jildihi Wa'Sha'ruha Be Sha'rihi Allahummaj Alha Fi'da'al Li'lbne Minannaar'e Bismillahi Allahu Akbar"
If the child is a girl then pray this Dua ;
"Allahumma Haazihi aqueeqatu Binti Falaanatan (Instead of Falaa state the name) Damuhaa Bi damihaa Walah'Muhaa Bilah'Mihaa Wa'azmuhaa Bi azmiha Wajilduha Bijildiha Washa'ruha Bisha'riha Allahummaj Alhaa Fida'al libinti (if the daughter is yours, and if it is someone else's then say Bint Falaa) Minanaaar'e Bismillali Allahu Akbar"
If you do not know this Dua then by just praying Bismillahi Allahu Akbar the Aqueeqa will be complete [Bahar-e-Shariat].
Wallaahu Ta'ala A'lama Wa'ilmahu Ahkam Wa'atam Wa Sallalaho Alaihi Wasallam"
Alhamdulillah - The translation of this book (Vol.1) was completed on the 11"' of Ramadhan 1418 al Hijri.
May Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala with the Wasila of His most beloved Prophet Salallaho Alaihi Wasallam accept this work and reward the Isaal-e-Sawab to Hazrat Huzoor Mufti Azam Hind Mustapha Raza AI-Qadri Razvi Noori Alaihi Rahmat-o-Wa Rizwan. Ameen.
Alhaj Muhammad Salim Ghisa Qadri Razvi
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