GUIDE TO ZAKAH UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATION – Book Sample
Content – GUIDE TO ZAKAH UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATION
- Meanings of Zakah
- Benefits of Zakah
- Retribution for not giving Zakah
- Payer of Zakah
- Zakah on Debts
- Recipient of Zakah
- Some Important rules relating to recipients of Zakah
- Zakatable Assets
- Zakah on Gold and Silver
- Zakah on Cash
- Zakah on trading assets
- Intention of Zakah
- The principal of Tamleek
- Agency and Zakah
- Zakah Calculator
What is Zakah?
Lexically, the word Zakah covers two meanings.
- Growth and increase
In the terminology of the Quran and Sunnah, Zakah is the portion of asset that is made mandatory to be spent in the ways specified by Allah Ta’ala.
Benefits of Zakah
Zakah has two straightforward benefits.
Firstly, the payer himself gets purified from inner germs of the spiritual diseases.
Secondly, Zakah helps those who are not able to fulfill their needs independently. For e.g. orphans, widows, handicaps, poor people etc.
Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Taubah:
Take sadaqah (obligatory alms) out of their wealth through which you may cleanse and purify them, and pray for them. Indeed, your prayer is a source of peace for them. And Allah is (All-) Hearing, (All-) Knowing. At-Taubah 9:103
This verse has explicitly mentioned the first benefit i.e. purification of inner self. The second benefit is not mentioned in this verse. It points to the fact that the real purpose and objective of paying Zakah is the purification of one’s own self, though the second benefit exists in its inference. (Ma’ariful Quran)
Retribution for not giving Zakah
Allah Ta’ala says in the Quran:
“As for those who accumulate gold and silver and do not spend it in the way of Allah, give them the ‘good’ news of a painful punishment” (34) on the day it (the wealth) will be heated up in the fire of jahannam, then their foreheads and their sides and their backs shall be branded with it: “this is what you had accumulated for yourselves. So, taste what you have been accumulating.”At-Tawbah 9:34-35
The holy prophet (PBUH) said:
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