Agency and Zakah

A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

One is not obliged to distribute the Zakah by himself to the entitled recipients. He may validly appoint an agent (whether natural person or organization) to pay the Zakah on his behalf.

In appointing such an agent, the Zakah payer must bear in mind that the Zakah obligation is not discharged if the agent fails to distribute the Zakah to the entitled recipients. At the same time, possession of the Zakah amount by the agent will be deemed to be possessed by the principal (Zakah payer) as in the case of those organizations, who are guilty of serious maladministration by collecting Zakah and not distributing the same for a number of years without valid reason.

August 23, 2011


The Rights of Husband, Women & Family

Dear respected elders, brothers, sisters and daughters! Allah has revealed the Qur’aan Majeed for our guidance, so that each and every person can live his life in accordance to the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. In the 29th juz (para) of the Qur’aan Majeed, in Surah Mulk, Allah Ta’ala has mentioned that this world is a place of examination, and that He has sent us in this world to test us. He has not sent us into this world to enjoy a life of luxuary and pleasure. Therefore, to follow the path of Nafs (evil soul) and Shaytaan, to displease one’s Master, and to suffer the consequences of the punishment of the grave thereafter, is utter foolishness and contrary to the dictates of intelligence.

August 18, 2011

The maid of Pharaoh’s daughter

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family

It is mentioned in the book Raudatus Safâ that Pharaoh’s daughter had a maid who was under her command and who used to comb her hair, etc. She had believed in Mûsâ ‘alayhis salâm. However, she did not expose her îmân out of fear for Pharaoh. Once while she was combing her (Pharaoh’s daughter’s) hair, the comb fell from her hand. When she bent down to pick it up, she recited Bismillah. The daughter asked her: “What was it that you recited just now? Whose name is that?” She replied: “It is the name of the one who created your father and also gave him a kingdom.” She became astonished and remarked: “Is there anyone greater than my father!” Saying this, she ran out to her father and related the entire incident to her. Pharaoh became extremely angry, called for the maid, and threatened her. However, she unhesitatingly said: “Do whatever you wish, I will not leave my îmân.” Nails were fastened to her hands and feet and thereafter hot ash and embers were placed on her. When this had no effect on her, a child who was in her lap was taken and thrown into the fire. While the child was in the fire, it said: “Mother! Be patient and don’t ever leave your îmân.” She remained steadfast on her îmân until she was also thrown into that fire. In Sûrah al-Burûj, mention is made of a trench. In that story a similar incident took place between a mother and her child.

February 16, 2011


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family

She is the wife of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt who had claimed to be god. Look at the power of Allah that the husband was a shaytân while the wife was so pious that the Quran praises her and our Rasûl sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has spoken about her in the following terms: “There are many men who have reached stages of excellence. However, from among the women, no one reached a stage of excellence except Maryam and Âsiyah. It was Âsiyah who had saved the life of Mûsâ from the tyrant, Pharaoh.”

February 14, 2011


Hazrat Musa (A.S), History & Biography

Despite Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) having the powerful weapon of the Asaa (the Staff) which could instantaneously be transformed into a massive python which could  devour Fir’oun and his armies, enabling Nabi Musaa (alayhis salaam) to either  leave with Bani Israaeel without any hindrance or to capture the kingdom of Fir’oun and establish the Law of the Deen, this did not occur. On the contrary, the Mu’jizah of the Asaa was put to very limited use.

November 23, 2010

Suspicion Concerning Whether Meat Is Halal

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “We in north America buy our food stuff, including meat, from a Muslim’s store. He tells us that the meat is duly slaughtered by a Muslim according to Shariah, but we do not know whether he is correct in his statement or not. Some people become suspicious about his statement or not. Some people become suspicious about his statement on the ground that they themselves have not seen the animal being slaughtered and the possibility cannot be ruled out that the seller is claiming the meat to be halal only to attract the customers who strictly follow Shariah.

September 5, 2010

Why do we say Alhamdulillah after sneezing?

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices

The narrations of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) encourage us to say “Alhamdulillah” when we sneeze.

“Alhamdulillah” means “All praise is due to Allah”. A rightfully curious mind will wonder why are we supposed to express our gratitude to Allah for the insignificant act of sneezing. On the contrary, sneezing is no insignificant reaction of the body. Sneezing is a great blessing from Allah where various muscle groups come in to play. The muscles of the stomach, chest, neck and eyes are used for this seemingly insignificant reaction of the body.

Some of the reasons for saying “Alhamdulillah” are as follows:

August 4, 2010

The Use Of Credit Cards

Contemporary Fatawa, Economics, Fiqh

Q. Kindly throw some light on the use of credit cards, which are floating in the market. Majority of these cards belong to Professional banking institutions, such as American Express, City Gold Card etc. However, some cards are issued by companies such as Diners club etc, which are not themselves banking institutions. Please explain the ruling of Shariah about both these cards. In your reply please cover both the aspects of using credit cards, first as holders of the card, used to offset the purchase price and second, when we accept these cards as sellers.
(Muhammad Salman, Karachi)

August 1, 2010

Interest In A Non-Muslim Country

Contemporary Fatawa, Economics, Fiqh

Q. 1. “The finance Company is asked by clients for Machinery, Cars, Equipment, etc on credit. Can it purchase these and other items by cash or credit and then sell them at either 20%, 30% or 40% profit in conformity to payments period and mutual agreement. Is the above form of contracts permissible or not? The above stated percentage of profit are to be paid in cash by the client while the balance is paid over agreed terms.
(Y.Loonat, Mozambique)

A. The proposed transaction is called Murabaha and it can be permissible in Shari’ah subject to the following conditions:

July 4, 2010