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. Read more... (589 words, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (815 words, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
Payer of Zakah
Zakah must be paid by the one who is:
2- Major (Baligh)
4- Sahib-un-nisaab (owner of wealth above the level of nisaab)
Above-mentioned four conditions are described respectively in the following lines: Read more... (366 words, estimated 1:28 mins reading time)
- Zakah is not obligatory on a non-Muslim as Zakah is an ibadah (an act of pure worship) and a non-Muslim is not obliged to carry out the ibadah of Islam.
After Fiqh another important aspect of Deen exists viz. Tasawwuf, which could be regarded as the very spirit of Deen and it has been called Ihsaan in the Hadith of Hadhrat Jibraeel (alaihi salaam).
Three responsibilities or aims of Rasulullaah‟s (sallAllaahu alaihi wasallam) duty have been explicitly mentioned in the Qur`aan:
(1) Recitation of the Qur`aanic verses.
(2) Educating by means of the Qur`aan and Hadith.
(3) Spiritual Purification. Read more... (1202 words, estimated 4:48 mins reading time)
Finally the time arrived for Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) to depart with his followers from the land of Egypt. With 670,000 of his Ummah – this constituted the entire Bani Israaeel — Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) set off during the mid of night for the new promised land. However, Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam) together with this huge concourse of humanity lost the road out of Egypt. It was still dark, and they were unable to find the route which was a well-known established road. Read more... (1615 words, estimated 6:28 mins reading time)
Q 5. Many Muslim women travel to distant countries for education or employment. They neither have a legal Mahram with them nor do they have female acquaintance on the trip. What is the ruling of the Shari‘ah under this situation? Is it permissible for them to travel alone? Read more... (336 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
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. Read more... (265 words, estimated 1:04 mins reading time)
Q. I asked a relative of mine to take to the recitation of the Qur’an, a part of it, everyday. Two weeks later when we met again, he said he had finished half of it. Later, when I found out that he had read a translation of the Qur’an and not the text, he told me that there was no use reading the text without understanding it, so he read the translation. Please guide us to the correct approach in this respect? Read more... (911 words, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
Q. “Yousuf has a moderate sized business. Two of his sons assist him full time in the business. Two daughters are married. Yousuf passed away. The estate is not wound up immediately. Yousuf’s two sons continued with the business. Finally after ten years it is decided that the estate should be wound up and each person given his/her respective share. In the meantime, since Yousuf demise the business which was worth at Rs. 1,000,000/- is now worth two million. Read more... (1052 words, estimated 4:12 mins reading time)