Scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can we give zakah to establish educational institutions in North America, when we do know that the primary objective of zakah is to help the poor and needy?
As-Salaamu `Alaykum wa Rahmatullah. I am a student but I have a part-time job. Is it Fard (obligatory) upon me to pay Zakah? I was told that it is not Fard upon women because while they are unmarried, the head of the family (i.e. the father) pays Zakah on behalf of everyone in the family, and when they are married their husbands pay on their behalf. I was also told that if a woman’s father does not pay any Zakah at all, then she still will not be accountable for it. Is this true? Also is everyone liable to pay Zakat-ul Fitr? If so, how much do we give and in what form (money or food)? Jazakum Allahu Khairan.
As-Salamu `alaykum. Dear scholars, please let me know whether one who owns houses and cars should pay zakah on them or not.
Scholars of Islam, as-salamu `alaykum. What do you say about giving Zakah to the Prophet's descendants?
Scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. My brother used to work in the Middle East. He was very well-off then. When he came back to Pakistan, he invested the money he saved over there, but unfortunately that was all lost because of business failure. He is now working somewhere but has a very low income to support his family. Some people say that he is not eligible to receive Zakah, due to the fact that he has his own house and all the necessities of life, like a TV, refrigerator, telephone, et cetera, in his home. Keep in mind that all this was bought when he was working in the Middle East. Is he eligible for the Zakah? Should he sell his household things to support his family? Please advise.
As-salamu `alaykum. We are Muslim students living in a small dorm in America, and there is a hired mosque inside it. Is it permissible to give the money of zakah to pay the rent for that mosque, especially because the donations collected from the Muslim students there are not enough? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. I’d like to ask: can I give my Zakah to my husband? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-Salamu `alaykum. I have an urgent question. What characterizes the poor person who is entitled to receive zakah. Jazakum Allah kairan for your cooperation.
As-Salamu `alaykum! Is Zakah applicable for a person who has some liabilities, as he has to pay money to somebody from whom he has taken a loan?
Assalamu alaikum.i have some questions about zakat on wealth (not zakat alfitr): basically every year on the last day of ramadan, i calculate all the wealth i have (in cash, stocks, and wife's gold holding) and apply the 2.5% to calculate the zakat.however as i live in belgium, i usually send the money to my dad in lebanon and he distributes to needy relatives (not direct parents or descendents of mine). that means the money is actually payed later than the last day of ramadan when i calculate my zakat. recently i found some articles that say zakat shouldn't be delayed and should be payed on the day it reaches the hawl (1 year).so the questions are: 1- can the day zakat is calculated on be different than the day it's paid?. i remember i read somewhere that i have upto 1 year (before next zakat calculation) to pay it. is this correct?2- if this isn't correct, it's very hard for me to do the calculations all in one day and pay the zakat. reason is that i have to wait until stock market closes to get the exact value of my stocks, also i have to find out the value of gold on that day, and then i have to ask my dad to pay the money from his bank account while i transfer this to him.3-if the value of my stocks went below the nisab during the current year, do i still have to pay zakat on it?4- some of my individual stocks were below the nisab this year, do i calculate the zakat on each individual stock which was above the nisab? or this is not allowed and i should calculate the total worth of the stocks and pay zakat on that?Jazakum Allah khayran. Fadi.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. If one is helping a needy relative with Zakah money, is it important to inform them that it is Zakah, as some relatives may not accept it out of self respect or pride? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. This is my first year paying zakah and I want to do it right. I recently got married and according to tradition got lots of jewelry. I think I have more gold in the bank than money. How does it work? Also, I want to know if zakah is applicable to stones like diamonds. And can zakah be paid spread all through the year instead of paying as a lump sum? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Can organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR-Canada receive zakah and sadaqah funds? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. My question is concerned with gold that was bought for children under 18 years of age and not paying Zakah.If money or anything of value is given to children under the age of eighteen, is it permissible for parents to use or sell such items? Jazakum Allah khayran.
As-Salamu `Alaykum. Am I allowed to pay next year's Zakah in advance, meaning with this year's Zakah? Can Zakah be given in installments throughout the year, and what happens if the person dies before paying all the installments?
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. What is the judgment pertaining to the salaries of professional athletes, which may reach tens of millions of dollars annually? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Is it permissible to buy sewing machines, computer, and books, etc. with zakah money to give them to schools for training the students? If we do that, will the obligation of zakah be discharged?Normally, we are supposed to make the person to whom zakah is given the owner of the zakah fund or material. But if it is given to a school, the school becomes the owner, though it is used by the students. Please clarify to us the correct way of doing this, as we want to help the schools in our part of the country. With best regards.
Dear Sheikh, thank you very much for your interesting site. Could you please tell me about the significance of Zakah and charity (sadaqah) in Islam. How do these two things represent a form of showing gratitude to Allah?
What is the ruling on taking the zakah incumbent on the property of the Muslims residing in Western countries and sending it abroad, in view of the need of the Muslims and their institutions in the Western countries, and the lack of sufficiency in developing countries?
Dear Imam, I have a question on Zakah. Can I pay my Zakah via an Internet web site?
As-Salamu `alaykum. Are we allowed to help our relatives with the Zakah money? Do we have to inform them if we help them with the Zakah? Some relatives feel embarrassed to receive Zakah charity and we also feel shy to tell them that we are helping them with Zakah.
Is zakat al-fitr obligatory on fasting persons only? If not, is it also obligatory on those who do not fast in Ramadan, whether they have excuses for this or not?
Dear scholar, As-salamu `alaykum. I know that zakah on money is based on the lunar year. However, can I calculate my zakah according to another calendar? For example, can I pay my zakah on the first of January each year?
Scholars of Islam, As-Salamu `alaykum. What should happen if Zakah is lost before being distributed? Should the owner pay it again?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Are oil and other minerals found in Muslim countries considered treasures on which Zakah must be paid? If the answer is 'Yes', how can this be done? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. Why should a Muslim pay zakah when he already pays taxes? Modern systems of taxation do meet many of the objectives imbedded in zakah itself, such as serving the public good and providing social security systems and services to the poor. Given that many western democracies distribute a portion of tax money to religious organizations (including Muslim ones), what is the supplemental role of zakah in a state with an established taxation system?
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. How does Islam view privatization? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Last Ramadan I paid zakat al-fitr on the first day of Ramadan, but a friend of mine told me that this is not lawful in Islam and that I have to pay it again. May you give me the viewpoint of Islam in this regard?
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. We are building a clinic to serve primarily the rural poor inBangladesh. We will take funds from privileged people to help maintain the clinic, medication costs, nurses and doctors' salaries, etc. We will not refuse care to privileged persons as their money will be used to allow us to provide free healthcare to the poor. Can we use zakah money to build the clinic? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Can Zakat Al-Fitr be paid for other than the poor and the needy?another question is: Do you consider the low-income families in North America as compatible to the definition of faqir and miskin in Islamic Shari`ah? I mean, if a family can live, eat, and drink but with very limited resources, will it be eligible for Zakah? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. Why do Muslims calculate and pay their zakah in Ramadan? Is this necessary during Ramadan or can zakah be paid any month in the year? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
AlSalaam Alikum When I married my wife she was Christian, now she does not believe in it and has spoken the shahadah in front of me but did not do ghusl and two rakats, she doesn't know how to pray.She has family back home in Lebanon who are Christian. She sends them money they need very much every year.Because of her shahadah and she does believe in Islam now, can that money she sends her family be considered ZAKAT for her? JAZAKUM ALLAH KHAIRAN