Zakaat - Rules and modern issues
Author: Mufti Hafidh Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia.
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>> Introduction
>> Literal meaning of Zakaat
>> Shariah meaning of Zakaat
>> The command of Zakaat
>> Zakaat is not Compulsory on the Prophets
>> Importance of Zakaat
>> Glad tidings for those who give their Zakaat
>> Those who give Zakaat are successful
>> Special favors on those who give Zakaat
>> Zakaat – Easy way to gain proximity of Allah Most High
>> Giving Zakaat – Perfection of Iman
>> Warnings for those who don’t give Zakaat
>> Those who don’t give Zakaat will be punished with snakes
>> Affluence is nothing but a gift from Allah Most High
>> Those who don’t give Zakaat – Their bodies will be branded
>> Those who don’t give Zakaat will be in trouble in Qiyamah
>> Punishment with hot stones of hell
>> Wisdom behind obligation of Zakaat
>> Benefits of Zakaat, Sadqa and other forms of charity
>> Blessings of giving pure wealth in charity
>> Zakaat purifies faith
>> Charity calms the wrath of Allah
>> Charity – A shade for the believer on the Day of Judgment
>> Zakaat and other charity – A means of deliverance from hell
>> Giving Zakaat protects wealth
>> Reward of Zakaat for those who can’t give it
>> Directives for those who spend
>> Zakaat – Right of the poor folk
>> Directives for those receiving Zakaat
>> Conditions for Zakaat
>> The individual giving Zakaat should be Muslim
>> Only sane adults have to give Zakaat
>> Intention of giving Zakaat
>> Making a needy person the complete owner of the Zakaat
>> Conditions about wealth
>> Why should the wealth be of a growing nature?
>> The wealth should meet the prescribed criterion
>> The wealth should be more than the basic needs
>> What is meant by ‘basic needs’?
>> Absolute possession of the wealth
>> Why is absolute possession so necessary?
>> 1 whole year should have passed on the wealth
>> Why to wait for 1 year to pass on the wealth?
>> The wealth should be free of debt
>> Why should the wealth be free of debt for Zakaat?
>> From when should the beginning of the year be considered?
>> Fluctuations in wealth during the course of the year
>> Giving Zakaat in advance
>> Delay in giving Zakaat is a sin
>> Giving Zakaat as lump sum or in installments
>> Zakaat on animals
>> The prescribed criterion for animals
>> The prescribed criterion of gold and silver
>> Zakaat of gold and silver
>> Some issues of the Zakaat of gold and silver
>> The weight of gold/silver should be considered when giving Zakaat
>> Zakaat should be given on which price?
>> What if the criterion of gold isn’t complete?
>> Zakaat on the wealth which exceeds the prescribed criterion
>> What if gold/silver has been mixed with other metals?
>> Zakaat on personal jewelry
>> Zakaat on provident fund
>> Zakaat on fixed deposit
>> Zakaat on security amount
>> Zakaat of advance rent
>> Zakaat of dairy farm
>> Zakaat on poultry farm
>> Zakaat on insurance amount
>> Do we have to give Zakaat on the dower amount as well?
>> Zakaat on the goods in business complexes, showrooms, etc.
>> Zakaat on tools and implements
>> Zakaat on flats, lands, etc.
>> When does something come under trade goods
>> Zakaat on things given out for hire
>> Zakaat of debt
>> Zakaat on wife when the husband has debts
>> Zakaat on mortgaged jewelry
>> Zakaat of expensive clothes
>> Zakaat of precious stones
>> Zakaat of Madarsas and educational institutions
>> How to calculate Zakaat
>> Where to spend Zakaat
>> The poor folk
>> The destitute folk
>> The officials
>> For softening of hearts
>> For freeing of slaves
>> The indebted folk
>> In the path of Allah
>> The travelers
>> The command to give the Zakaat to one’s relatives
>> Zakaat should be given to local people or should be sent abroad?
>> Zakaat should be given at the place of the owner or at the place of wealth?
>> Who should a lady give Zakaat to – her relatives or her in-laws?
>> Social service with the amount of Zakaat
>> Burial of the dead with Zakaat amount
>> Zakaat can’t be given to Syed people
>> Giving Zakaat with the amount of fixed deposit and/or LIC amount
>> Waiving loan with the intention of Zakaat
>> Zakaat of unlawful earnings

Zakaat can’t be given to Syed people

Zakaat can’t be given to Syed people


It is among the conditions of Zakaat that it should not be given to a Syed person meaning a person who is from the Prophet’s family, i.e. Bani Hashim.  Bani Hashim means the progeny of Hadhrat Ali, Hadhrat Abbas, Hadhrat Jafar, Hadhrat Aqeel and Hadhrat Harith (May Allah be well pleased with them).  As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg. No. 189.


Zakaat is the filth of the wealth, i.e. wealth is cleaned through Zakaat.  Thus, giving it to the Syeds is against their respect and honor.  Allah Most High says in the Holy Quran:


Allah intends only to remove all impurity of sins from you, O People of the House (of the Prophet, [even a doubt or trace of shortfall,]) and make you absolutely pure and clean by blessing you with (perfect) purity and wholesomeness.  Surah Ahzaab (33:33)


There is a Hadith in Sahih Muslim:


Translation: This charity is in fact the filth of the wealth.  Neither are these permissible for Hadhrat Muhammad (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) nor for His family.  (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 2531)


For this reason, the Shariah has decreed giving Zakaat to them as impermissible.  If Zakaat is given to them, it is not valid.  In light of the respect and honor of the descendents of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), Muslims should offer them pure and unblemished wealth and gifts.


If a person who belongs to the Prophet’s family is needy, then one can help them through gifts and donations.  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has given glad tidings for the person who fulfills any need of His family, as mentioned in the following Hadith:


Translation: There are 4 such lucky people for whom I will intercede on the Day of Judgment:  (1)  The one who respects and honors my family (i.e. the Ahle Bait).  (2)  The one who offers them things which they need.  (3)  The one who manages their affairs when they need it.  (4)  The one who loves them with the heart and the tongue.  (Kanz Ul ‘Ummal, Hadith No. 34180; Jame’ Ul Ahadeeth, Hadith No. 3103)


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