Zakatable Assets


A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

Allah Ta’ala has put the most minimum burden of monetary obligations on Muslims so that paying Zakah becomes convenient for every sahib-un-nisaab Muslim.

Firstly, it is not obligatory to pay Zakah on every asset. Rather only those assets are the subject matter of Zakah that have the potential of growth or increase. These assets may be broadly classified as follows:

1- Trading assets.

2- Cash & Cash Equivalent (like prize bonds, Travelers Checks etc)

3- Gold and silver

4- Livestock (goats, sheep, cows and camels)

5- Agricultural output.

August 19, 2011

Payer of Zakat and Nisab


A Guide to Zakah - Understanding & Calculation, Fiqh

Payer of Zakah

Zakah must be paid by the one who is:

1- Muslim

2- Major (Baligh)

3- Sane

4- Sahib-un-nisaab (owner of wealth above the level of nisaab)

Above-mentioned four conditions are described respectively in the following lines:

  1.  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.
August 16, 2011

The Use Of Loop (Intra-uterine device – IUD) As A Means Of Birth Control


Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. The question arises as to whether the use of the loop (Intra-uterine device – IUD), which is inserted in the uterus of the woman, is permitted as a means of birth control. The effect of the use of the loop is summarised in the letter of Dr A E Suliman, an experienced and qualified gynaecologist.
In some cases, the sperm and ovum are destroyed prior to fertilization. In other cases, fertilization takes place but the resultant fertilized ovum which takes the form of cellular material is prevented from becoming implanted in the inner wall of the uterus. it the time of such expulsion of the fertilized ovum. Mufti Jaleel Qasmi Sahib has expressed the view that the use of the loop in such circumstances is permissible although not encouraged, such view being based on the analogy of AZAL. A general medical practitioner has raised an objection to the effect that the cellular material which is so expelled contains life but then, in answer, the sperm and the infertilized ovum also contains life. Your considered FATWA on the matter would be greatly appreciated as soon as possible, and is requ- ired by the Jamiatul Ulema, Natal.

(M.S. Omar, South Africa)

June 10, 2010

The companion on high


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated: When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was lying critically ill, Abdur Rahman son of Abu Bakr (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) came to see him. He had fresh miswak. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) stared at him and I made out that he wanted it. So I took it out of Abdur Rehman’s hand, chewed it and after cleaning gave it to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). He used the miswâk (as was his wont) and then advanced it towards me. It fell down from his hand.” The tradition continues. Then he raised his eyes towards heavenwards and prayed, “O Allaah! With the Companion on High.”(i.e. in the company of pure souls and angels). Some extra righteous persons regard keeping away from family life as essential for attainment of nearness to ALLAH. This tradition refutes this view. There can be no better occasion of being near to ALLAH (than breathing one’s last) but even at this critical moment, he had so much consideration for his wife that he was sitting with the support of her breast. In fact such persons did not quite follow the conception of nearness to ALLAH. It is constant remembrance and complete submission to the will of ALLAH and if a wife is helpful in such devotion then this relationship is conducive to nearness to ALLAH. [Adopted from Kasratul Azwaj-li-Sahib-il-Miraj]

September 27, 2009

THINGS THAT BREAK SALAAT


Fiqh, Kitaab us Salaat

1. Not performing a condition from one of the outside conditions of namaaz (shart)

2. Not performing a fard element of namaaz

3. To talk in namaaz whether intentionally or by mistake (forgetfulness)

4. To make a dua in the namaaz similar to the dua of common people for example: O Allah marry me to fulaana. Or to say Oh Allah give me apples to eat I’m hungry.

5. To return salaams to someone with your tongue or shaking hands

6. Amali katheer-performing such an action by which an observer has the impression that one is certainly not performing namaaz

September 13, 2008

Question (Aggressive or Defensive Jihad)


Beliefs & Practices, Chapter 11, Islam & Modernism

Respected
Moulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani Sahib,

Assalam-o-Alaikum wa Ralunatullah-wa Barakatuhu.

My humble self had recently had a chance to read some older editions of your esteemed journal “Al-Balagh”. In the issue of March 1971, I found the following suggestions under clauses 17, 18 on page 10.

(17) Compromising relations and amicable treatment could be established with such non-Muslim states as may not be hostile to Islam and Muslims.

(18) Agreements made with other countries shall be honored if they are permissible under Islamic Law, otherwise such agreements will be declared dissolved.

August 17, 2008