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


Hazrat Daniyal (A.S), Hazrat Isaa (A.S), History & Biography

Nabi Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) was among the Ulul Azam (prominent, great, most senior) Ambiya of Bani Israaeel. He flourished centuries before Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam).

When the sins and transgression of the Yahood exceeded all bounds and they degenerated into the abyss of immorality, vice, bid’ah, fisq and fujoor, Allah Ta’ala sent the Babylonian (Iraqi) king, Nebuchanezar against them. From Iraq he invaded with his army the land of Bani Israaeel. He pillaged, plundered and utterly destroyed Jerusalem. Musjidul Aqsa was shockingly desecrated and defiled, and all the manuscripts of the Tauraah were reduced to ashes. The Qur’aan refers to this occasion of destruction of Bani Israaeel, Musjidul Aqsa and Jerusalem in Surah Bani Israaeel.

November 30, 2010


Hazrat Musa (A.S), History & Biography

Hadhrat Musa (alayhis salaam), after an absence of more than a decade, returned to Egypt having been appointed the Nabi. Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam), together with his elder brother, Haaroon (alayhis salaam) who was also appointed a Nabi, arrived at Fir’oun’s palace at a time when the royal court was in full session. Haaroon (alayhis salaam) was fearful. He said to Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) that the oppression and cruelty of Fir’oun had increased manifold since he (Nabi Musa) had departed. At the slightest annoyance caused to him, he would order the hands and feet of people to be cut off. Without hesitation he would order people to be impaled on the gibbet. Haaroon’s (alayhis salaam) grim portrayal of Fir’oun’s wrath made Nabi Musa (alayhis salaam) fearful.

November 4, 2010


Duas, Remedies from Holy Quran


If anyone recites Aayatul Kursi (2:255) once after every prayer, Allah will protect him against the mischief of evil men and Jinn. In fact, according to a Hadith, Satan acknowledged his inability to harm a person who recites Aayatul Kursi continuously.


If the last two Surah of the Holy Quraan, viz Suratul-Falaq (113) and Suratul-Naas (114) are recited for protection against sickness, sorcery (Jaadoo), Nazar etc. one should find it very beneficial. If anyone recites them before going to his bed, he will afford security and protection against all calamities.

September 4, 2010

The Entry Of Non-Muslims In Makkah And Madinah

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the city limits of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwarah. The entry of non-Muslims in the Haram limits of Makkah was banned in 9th Hijrah by a Quranic order contained in the Surah al-Bar’ah, verse 27.

Did this order apply to the Haram of Makkah only or also to the Haram of Madinah? The Qur’an does not say so.

Imam Malik and Umar bin Abdul-Aziz etc. Interpreted the verse to apply to all the masjids.

August 15, 2010

Adoption Of Child In Islam

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. “In the secular legal system, adoption of a child by couples is lawful as we all know. Please elucidate the position of Shariah in this regard. How far such an adoption is permissible in Islam, and if so, what are the rights and obligations of the parties involved in such a situation?” (Yousuf Ghani, New York)

June 4, 2010

Determination of a Surah (for recitation in a Salaah)

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

In Hujjatullah-al Baligha, Hadrat Shah Waliullah (May ALLAH bless him) has stated as follows: The Messenger of ALLAH chose to recite a particular sürah in a particular Salaah on certain conditions and expediencies but neither fixed them positively nor enjoined on others to do so. As such if any one follows his sunnah (and recite the same surah in the Salaah) it is in order, and if one does not do so, it does not matter. [Ma’rif -ul- Hadis]

May 22, 2010

Isha Salaah (Night Salaah)

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

Hadrat Bara narrated that he heard the Prophet recite at the night Salaah (Isha Salaah) surah at – Teen (XCV) and that he had never heard anyone with a more beautiful voice. [Bukhari – Muslim]

The Prophet (SallAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) taught Hadrat Mu’az bin Jabal to recite the sürah al-Shams (XCI), ad-Dahr (XCIII), al-Lail (XCII) and al-Ala (LXXXVII). [Bukhari, Muslim]

May 18, 2010


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS)

In his Mustadrak, Hakim has reported that (Hadrat) Abdullah-bin-Mas’ud (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) suggested that the worshipper should recite the durud after tashahhud and then should recite the supplication. In another tradition reported by Hadrat Abdullah bin Mas’ud appearing in Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari regarding the tashahhud, the last sentence is “Then he may choose any supplication, which pleases him and offer it.

Reciting a suplication (du’a) at the tashahhud after durud is confirmed both by the teaching and the practice of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) Hadrat Abu Hurairah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: When one of you finishes the last tashahhud he should seek refuge in ALLAH from four things. [Muslim]

April 7, 2010

Method Of Joining Prayers

Contemporary Fatawa, Fiqh

Q. If one joins the congregationnal prayer late ( 3rd or 4th rakah) what is the proper way to complete the prayer? in Which rakah he has to recite a surah and in which rakah he has to sit after Sajdah?
(Abdul Sattar, Chicago)

A. A person who has not joined a prayer in the first rakah is called a ‘Masbuq’. He has to complete his prayer after the Imam has finished his prayer. A ‘Masbuq’ has to observe the following rules while completing his prayer :-

March 4, 2010