Recipients of Zakat

A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

The Holy Quran has fixed eight categories of recipients in verse 60 of the Surah Taubah.

“The Sadaqat (prescribed alms) are (meant) only to be given to the poor, the needy, to those employed to collect them, to those whose hearts are to be won, in the cause of the slaves and those encumbered with debt, in the way of Allah and to a wayfarer. This is an obligation prescribed by Allah. Allah is All Knowing, Wise.” (60)

There is a consensus amongst the jurists that the disbursement of Zakah is solely confined to these eight recipients. The Holy Prophet was once asked by a Companion to give the latter Zakah. The Holy Prophet replied:

August 18, 2011



If the most sacred group of Islaam the Sahaabah (radhiAllaahu anhum) are not spared in Maududi‟s opinion, then how is he going to value the saints, jurists, Muhadditheen, Ulama and Sufiya who came thereafter. Consequently he has advised his followers that criticising the elders of the Ummat is a part of Imaan. He writes in the explanation of the Kalimah under section 3 of his “Dastoor Jamaat-e-Islaami”: “Do not make anyone besides Rasulullaah (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) a basis of truth. Do not regard anyone as free of criticism, nor be involved in anyone‟s “mental slavery”. Judge every person according to the perfect standard shown by Allaah Ta`ala.” (Page 24)

February 21, 2011

Rules concerning hair

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 5-Principles of Business

1. It is sunnah to grow one’s hair on the entire head till the ear lobes or slightly below them. If a person wishes to shave his head, it is sunnah to shave the entire head. It is also permissible to merely clip the hair. However, it is not permissible to clip all the hair and leave the front portion long, as is the fashion today. Similarly, it is also not permissible to shave a portion and leave another portion long. From this we deduce that it is not permissible to sport the babri hairstyle (or to cut the hair in the shape of a cap or to shape the front part of the hair).

November 24, 2010

Following An Imam On Matters Of Shariah

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “It is generally believed by the Sunni Muslims that each one of the Madhahib of Hanafi, Shafi‘i, Maliki and Hanbali, being one of the possible interpretations of Shari‘ah, is right and none of them can be held as something against the Shari‘ah. But on the same time we see that the followers of Hanafi school never depart from the Hanafi view and never adopt the Shafi’i or Maliki view in any juristic matter. Rather, they deem it impermissible to follow another jurist’s view in a particular issue. How can this behavior be reconciled with the belief that all the four madhahib are right? If all of them are right, there should be no harm if the Hanafi Muslims follow Shafi’i or Maliki or Hanbali views in some particular matter.

October 11, 2010

The Ruling Pertaining To The Four Rakaat Before The Prayer Of Isha

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. Some People Say that there is no hadith which proves that we should pray 4 Rakaat of Sunnah before the obligatory Prayer of “Isha” . Can you give a hadith proving the point of view that these 4 Rakaat are Sunnah before performing the 4 Rakat of Isha?

A. It is true that there is no Hadith specifically that 4 Rakat before the obligatory prayer of isha is Sunnah . How ever there is hadith reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari and narrated by the Holy Companion Abdullah Ibn Mughaffal (R.A) that the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihi Wasallam) has said

Between Every Two Calls Of Prayers There Is A Prayer For Whomsoever Who Wishes To Perform It ” ( Al-Bukhari,Book X, Chapter 14, Hadith.No.624)

September 29, 2010

Prerequisites for Accepting Sighting of the Crescent Signalling the Commencement of Ramadhaan

Fiqh, Moon Sighting

a)      If the skies are not clear or are obscured due to dust, smoke, mist, etc. then the declaration of one upright Muslim, whether man or woman is sufficient.

b)  If the skies are clear and no obscurity exists due to dust, mist, etc. then the testimony of even a few individuals will not be sufficient. The Khabar (information) of such a large group of people that would necessitate certainty or overwhelming assurance is required. This is required as the prevailing sky condition warrants that a large group of people sight the moon and that the sighting would not normally be limited to a few individuals.

September 20, 2010


Fiqh, Moon Sighting

Islam being a religion that is natural, embraces simplicity and is a perfect way of life for all people of all times irrespective of their age, class, creed, nationality or background has made those aspects upon which is dependant the spiritual life of every believer easily understandable, securable and natural, whether one may be rich or poor, lettered or unlettered.

September 19, 2010

Women Shaking Hands With Male Strangers

Akhlaq & Spirituality, Beliefs & Practices, Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q 3. Muslim women living in Western countries have to shake hands with male strangers who sometimes visit their offices or schools. Similarly, there are occasions when Muslim men get into a no go situation when they have to shake hands with female strangers. In the event of a refusal to do so, the likelihood of harm coming from them is not that remote. Does the Shari‘ah of Islam permit a handshake in this situation?

A 3. Women shaking hands with male strangers and men shaking hands with female strangers is not permissible under any circumstances. This position is fully supported by clear statements in the noble Ahadith and all jurists concur on this being impermissible.

September 17, 2010