Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Give Charity & Pay Zakat

August 24, 2010

In Islam, giving charity is a good deed and paying Zakat is a must. Charity can be given to anyone in need, whether they are Muslims or not, and regardless of their ethnic or racial backgrounds. On the other hand, Zakat is given to Muslims who are poor, and it can be given to non-Muslims whose hearts are to be softened.

Praise be to Allaah.

It is permissible to give charity to non-Muslims and this action will be rewarded, if they are in need of it, but they should not be given the obligatory charity, i.e. zakaat, unless they are those whose hearts are to be softened (i.e., they are close to embracing Islam). It is a condition for giving charity to non-Muslims that they should not be involvied in fighting the Muslims or driving them from their homes, because charity in such cases would be seen as helping them to wage war against the Muslims. (Fataawa Mutanawwi’ah by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 521).

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allaah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allaah loves those who deal with equity. It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allaah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the zaalimoon (wrong-doers – those who disobey Allaah.)” [al-Mumtahimah 60:8-9].

Muslims should seek first and foremost to give their charity to their Muslim brothers who are in need, and there are plenty of them. And Allaah knows best.

Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

It must be noted that charity can be given in any time and in every possible amount and type. But Zakat must be payed once a year under certain conditions.

Nisaab ul-Zakat for naqd (gold and silver) is defined as the minimum amount of naqd specified by shari’a below which one is not required to pay zakat, whereas if one’s wealth exceeds it then zakat becomes incumbent.

And it is known that zakat ul-maal (wealth) in shari’a is required for the two types of naqd—gold and silver—and what serves their function in modern times (commonly referred to as cash), whether it is dollars or riyals or pounds or otherwise.

Nisaab for gold as our Prophet (peace be upon him) has informed us (and for currencies made from gold) is 20 mithqaalan, a measure which is equivalent to 85 grams of pure gold (1 mithqaal = 4.25 grams). It becomes incumbent upon anyone who owns such an amount in any form to pay zakat on it in the amount of 2.5%.

Nisaab for silver and currencies made from silver is 200 dirhams, which is equivalent to 595 grams of pure silver (1 dirham = 2.975 grams). Likewise, it becomes incumbent upon anyone who owns such an amount in any form to pay zakat on it in the amount of 2.5%.

It is well known that there is a noticeable disparity between the value of nisaab for gold and that of silver in our times. The best and most conservative for a poor person is to assess how many dollars he has that have been in his possession for a complete lunar year (Hijri, which is 354 days). If the amount reaches the value of nisaab for silver or more, then he should pay from it for every 1000 dollars, 25 dollars (i.e., 2.5%) to be spent in the prescribed benficiaries as specified by shari’ah, and we ask Allah to aid us and help us succeed in haqq il-maal wa salla allahu ala nabiyyana muha

Note you can find the current price of gold and silver via the internet, such as on the following page:

http://www.tradeshop.com/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/raylc/aipm/gold.cgi

Islam Q&A
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

Note that the previous link is not working. You can use this online Zakat calculator to calculate the Zakat in US Dollars.

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Flooded Pakistan

August 15, 2010

The recent floods in Pakistan have come in a difficult time for its people. They have to struggle against the evildoers of Al-Qaeda, and Ramadan this time is different for most of them:

Let us pray for them and support them in every possible way.

Give Charity

August 15, 2010

One of the good deeds in Islam is giving charity. It ensures that the poor and those who cannot get their basic needs can continue to live happily.

Allah says in the Holy Quran regarding charity:

The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them, and those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free the captives and the debtors, and for the cause of Allah, and (for) the wayfarer; a duty imposed by Allah. Allah is Knower, Wise. (60)

Quran 9:60

And He says regarding the method of giving the charity:

If ye publish your almsgiving, it is well, but if ye hide it and give it to the poor, it will be better for you, and will atone for some of your ill-deeds. Allah is Informed of what ye do. (271)

Quran 2:271

Allah has given us many ways to increase our good deeds, and one of those ways is giving charity. Do not stop helping the poor and the needy!