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Zakat Rules

Mohd Noordin
By Mohd Noordin
8 years ago
Zakat Rules

Islam, Zakat, Hashimi

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  1. ZAKAT RULES Definition : Transferring ownership of an amount of material wealth specified by the Lawgiver to a poor Muslim who is not Hashimi nor their client, without material benefit returning to the giver in any way, for the sake of Allah Most High.
  2. Zakat Rules - Important points in definition : 1. It is a condition that there is a transferring of ownership. (Simply put: your zakat has to be given). As such, it is not valid to forgive a debt someone owes you as zakat. 2. Zakat has to be given to the poor and needy. It is not valid to give zakat for projects, mosques, and virtuous activity, unless the zakat itself will be given to the poor and needy. 3. Zakat must be given to a Muslim. Unlike charity, it is not valid to give zakat to a non-Muslim. 4. Zakat cannot normally be given to Hashimis (those from the family of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). 5. The giver cannot materially benefit from giving their zakat. As such, one cannot give zakat to ones parents, children, or spouse, because benefits between these people are shared.
  3. Literal Meaning of Zakat : Zakat means grow (in goodness) or 'increase', 'purifying' or 'making pure'. So the act of giving zakat means purifying one's wealth to gain Allah's blessing to make it grow in goodness Zakat is the 4th pillar of Islam.
  4. ZakatRules Who is deserving of Zakat •  Holy Qur'an (Sura Al-Tauba: 60) classifies the due deserver of zakat under the following eight categories. "Zakat is for the poor, and the needy and those who are employed to administer and collect it, and the new converts, and for those who are in bondage, and in debt and service of the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarers, a duty ordained by Allah, and Allah is the All-Knowing, the Wise".
  5. Who is deserving of Zakat 1-Fuqara : The people who have some money but not enough to meet their needs. They live in a precarious circumstance but do not ask for help. 2-Miskins: These are a very miserable people who do not have anything for food, clothing and shelter.
  6. ZakatRules Who is deserving of Zakat 3-Aamileen (Collectors of Zakat): The officials person in the collection and distribution of Zakat are paid from the Zakat fund. 4-Muallafat-ul-Qulub: This includes the new Muslims, to strengthen them in Islam, as well as those for whom it may be necessary to give Zakat to win their heart.
  7. ZakatRules Who is deserving of Zakat 5-Al-Gharimeen : This means the people who are in debt, which is more than the assets so that after paying the debt, their wealth that is left is less than the Nisab.? 6-Fi Sabeelillah (in the cause of Allah ): This is a common word used for all good deeds, but in the case of Zakat it means rendering help to an endeavor to serve Islam such as the propagation of Islam, Jihad, etc.
  8. ZakatRules Who is deserving of Zakat 7-Fir-riqab .(Emancipation of slaves): This means the person who wants to free himself from the shackles of slavery should be given Zakat so that he can pay to this category (those persons who are imprisoned for nonpayment of fines). 8-Ibn-us-Sabil (the wayfarer): A traveler, if he is in need of money while traveling , is entitled to Zakat.
  9. ZakatRules Negligible Zakat receiver The following receivers are not eligible to receive the Zakat 1-Family of Prophet (S.A.W). 2-Where Muslims are financially capable of entertaining such projects as construction or maintenance of Mosque, School and similar projects (usually developed countries). 3-On behalf of a dead person for payment of debts.
  10. ZakatRules Important points about Zakat 1-It is not allowed to pay Zakat to your husband , wife, parents, grandparents, and the children and grandchildren. 2-Expenditure to Zakat fund is not allowed on the construction of mosque. 3-It is preferable to pay Zakat to deserving relatives. 4-All articles of household use and properties given on rent are free from paying Zakat. 5-Zakat money of a particular year could be spent during the same year in advance, could be given all at once or in installments.