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

Some important points related to Zakat

A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh


For a common person (one who is not involved in livestock or agriculture) all that needs to be taken into account for Zakah calculation is the following:

The amount of cash owned (be it on person, in the bank, or loaned out. This can be money earned or income from additional house, properties etc.) as well as the value of any gold or silver jewelry owned, (necklaces, watches, etc. but not the gems or stones within them), and also, if one is involved in trade, then the value of one’s stock/merchandise at that time constitutes one’s accountable total.

August 22, 2011

Zakat on trading assets

A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

Zakah is payable on trading stock if their market value is equal to or more than the value of nisaab.

Definition of trading assets

Trading assets are those, which are purchased with the intention of resale or capital gain. Consequently, goods that have been purchased for personal use and not for the purpose of trade are not subject to Zakah, irrespective of their value. Similarly, goods (other than gold and silver) originally bought for personal use are not subject to Zakah if the purchaser subsequently intends to sell them for trade and had not intended it at the time of purchase. Once sold, however, their sale price would be subject to Zakah.

August 21, 2011


Dawah & Tabligh, Virtues of Ramadan (Fazail e Aamaal)

The meaning of ‘I’tikaaf’ is to seclude oneself in the Mosque, with the express intention (Niyyat)of ‘I’tikaaf’. According to the Hanafi school of thought, this may be of three different types:

a) Waajib I’tikaaf (Obligatory I’tikaaf)
I’tikaaf becomes compulsory when a person makes it obligatory upon himself. For example, when a person makes a vow to Allah that if Allah fulfils a certain wish of his, he shall perform so many days ‘I’tikaaf’, in this case, the moment his wish is fulfilled, the I’tikaaf becomes compulsory. Or a person may just make an unconditional vow, whereby he makes I’tikaaf Waajib upon himself for a certain number of days; this becomes obligatory for him from that moment onwards.

August 20, 2011

Umme Fadl Lubâbah bint Hârith radiyallâhu ‘anhâ

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

She is the aunt of Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the wife of ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu, and the mother of ’Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu. It is mentioned in the Quran that if Muslims are living among the kuffâr and they are unable to render the ‘ibâdah of Allah, they should leave that place and settle down in a safer area. If they do not do this, they will be committing a major sin. However, women and children who do not know the way nor do they have anyone to accompany them, or are unable to undertake the journey are excluded from this rule. ’Abdullâh bin ‘Abbâs radiyallâhu ‘anhu says: “My mother was from among such persons who were unable to undertake the journey. She was a woman and I was a child.”

July 31, 2011



(1). The reality of Isaal-e-Thawaab is that whatever good deed you do, and it is accepted by Allaah Ta`ala, then you make an intention or a dua that Allaah Ta`ala bestow the reward thereof to some living or dead person. After understanding this definition of Isaal-e-Thawaab, you should know the following three Mas`alahs:

1. The deed which you carry out must be such that you have hope that it can earn you reward. Otherwise, if you cannot get any reward for it then how can you convey the reward to another person? Hence, that action which is contrary to the Shariah or Sunnah, will be deprived of any reward. To expect to convey reward with such an action is having high hopes.

March 9, 2011

The mother of Maryam ‘alayhas salâm

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

Her name is Hannah. Her husband’s name is ‘Imrân who is the father of Maryam. When she fell pregnant, she took a vow that when she gives birth to the child she will keep him free for the service of the musjid. That is, she will not allow him to get involved in any worldly activity. She was under the impression that she will give birth to a boy because only a boy can be of service to the musjid. At that time, vows of this nature were permissible. When the time of delivery of the child came, she gave birth to a girl. Out of sadness she said: “O Allah! I have given birth to a girl.” She was informed that this girl will be better than boys and that Allah has accepted her. She kept the name of this child Maryam and made a du‘â to Allah that He should protect her and her progeny from shaytân. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said that shaytân torments every child that is born. However, he was unable to torment Maryam and ‘Îsâ ‘alayhimas salâm.

March 6, 2011


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

She was the queen of Saba. An animal by the name of Hudhud informed Sulaymân ‘alayhis salâm that he came across a queen who worships the sun. Sulaymân ‘alayhis salâm wrote a letter and asked Hudhud to hand it over to her. The following was written in the letter: “Accept Islam and come to me.” She consulted her ministers and governors and eventually made the following decision: “I will send many rare gifts to him. If he accepts them, I will conclude that he is a worldly king. If he does not accept them, I will conclude that he is a prophet.” When these gifts were given to Sulaymân ‘alayhis salâm, he returned them and sent a message that if you do not become Muslims, I will come with my army to fight you. When she received this message, she was convinced that he is a prophet. She left her city with the intention of becoming a Muslim.

February 28, 2011

AHADITH concerning the rewards and the punishments for deeds Part 2

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 6-Etiquette and Manners, Reformation of the Heart, Deeds and their Retribution

Recitation of the Quran

26. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who recites a single letter of the Quran will receive one reward. And the basic principle with regard to rewards is that they are multiplied ten fold. I do not say that Alif Lâm Mîm is one letter. Instead, Alif is one letter, Lâm is one letter, and Mîm is one letter. Based on this, one will receive 30 rewards.”

Cursing oneself or one’s children

December 21, 2010