What is Zakat?


A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

Lexically, the word Zakah covers two meanings.

1. Purification

2. Growth and increase

In the terminology of the Quran and Sunnah, Zakah is the portion of asset that is made mandatory to be spent in the ways specified by Allah Ta’ala.

Benefits of Zakah

Zakah has two straightforward benefits.

Firstly, the payer himself gets purified from inner germs of the spiritual diseases.

Secondly, Zakah helps those who are not able to fulfill their needs independently. For e.g. orphans, widows, handicaps, poor people etc.

Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Taubah:

August 15, 2011

Hadith Number Nine


Chapter 08 - Ziyyaarat of Madina., Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Hajj (Fazail e Hajj)

Hazrat Abu Huraira R.A. reports that Rasulullah Sal’am said: ‘whenever anyone greets me at my grave, Allah returns my soul to my body so that I reply his greetings.’

In ‘Sharh-e-Manaasik’, Hazrat Ibn Hajar Rah writes that the meaning of the return of the soul is that Allah grants him the ability to speak. Hazrat Qazi Iyaaz Rah writes that the soul of the Nabi remains absorbed in the presence of Allah and on being greeted inclines towards the greeting. (Baz1) The majority of ulama are of the opinion (as Ibn Hajar, Allama Zurqani) that the meaning of the return of the soul is not that a body without a soul has now been given one. Being after the death of the Rasool Sal’am the soul had already returned once and for all. Hence what actually now happens is that the Nabi Sal’am returns the greetings.

October 29, 2010

The Meaning Of The Word Mujadid


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “I would like to learn the meaning of the words Mujaddid and Tajdeed.
i) How have these words been used in Hadith?
ii) Is it true that one Mujaddid will appear at the beginning of every century after Hijrah?
iii) Can there be more than one Mujaddid in a century? If yes, then, is there a pattern of      geographical dispersion of Mujaddids, or time dispersion?
iv) Can Mujaddid be identified by common Muslim? By scholars? If yes how?

(Irfan Ali Hyder, Karachi)

October 3, 2010

Humour and Jokes In Islam


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

We are all drawn to people with a good sense of humour. Humour has the power of warming people’s hearts and lifting the spirits like no other human characteristic, and it provides a welcome break amidst the pressures of life.

Humour and joking are permitted in Islam. We learn this from several ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Abu Huraira radi allahu anhu said that the Prophet peace be upon him was told, “O Prophet of Allah, you are joking with us.” He said, “I only say what is true.” (Tirmidhi) Another Hadith relates that the Prophet would nickname Zainab bint Salama by repeatedly calling her ‘O Zuweinab’.

August 3, 2010

Not associating with the world and conscious of the Life Hereafter


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Jabir (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH passed by a dead kid whose ears had been cut off. He said, “Who would like to exchange it for a dirham. The hearers said, (“Not to speak of a dirham) we would not like to have it even for the meanest thing. “The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “By ALLAH, the world is more contemptible than what this is for you. [Muslim, Hayat-ul-Muslemin]

January 28, 2010

Belief in pre-destination is also an article of faith


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Abu Khizamah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated on the authority of his father, who said, “I asked the Messenger of ALLAH, “What have you to say about incantation and charms to which we resort to in relieving our pains and ailments and about medicines which we use during illness as also the devices that we employ for our protection. Do these repel the Divine Decree? The Apostle of ALLAH replied, “All these things are also by Divine Decree.” [Musnad Ahmad, Tirmizi, Ibn-e-Majah, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

January 22, 2010

Evil promptings are not against Man and are not accountable


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Abdullah-lbn-AbbaS (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: A man came to the Messenger of ALLAH and said, Sometimes such evil thoughts occur to me that I would rather be burnt to ashes than make a mention of them. The Messenger of ALLAH replied, Praise and thanks be to ALLAH who has turned this affair into one of evil suggestions (i.e. has made those thoughts remain thoughts only) and not turning them into doubt and evil deeds. [Abu Daud, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

January 22, 2010

Thinking of ALLAH in the best terms and The sign of true faith


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said: thinking of ALLAH in the best of terms is one of the most meritorious devotion. [Musnad Ahmad, Abu Daud, Mishkat]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said, “No one of you can be a true believer until he loves me more than he loves his parents, children and all mankind.” [Ma’arif-ul-Hadis, Bukhari, Muslim]

January 19, 2010