Thursday, 12 July 2012

Zakat, Neglect, Put trust in Allah

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Be Generous with what Allah has given;
Allah (Subhana wa ta'ala) says in the Glorious Qur'an, “And let not those who are niggardly with respect to what Allah has given them out of His bounty think that it is good for them; on the contrary it is bad for them. Soon that for which they were niggardly shall be their necklace on the Day of Resurrection. And only Allah is the Heir of heavens and earth and Allah is aware of your doings.“ [Surah Imran, verse 180]

Abu Huraira (radiAllahu anhu) related that the Prophet (SalAllahu alayhi wasallam) said: ‘When someone is made rich but he does not pay Zakat for his wealth, then on the Day of Judgment his money will be turned into a poisonous snake with two black spots on its head. It will coil around his neck and bite his cheeks and say: 'I am your wealth, I am your treasure'. Then the Prophet recited the above verse (3:180). [Bukhari]

The payment of Zakaat is obligatory on all Muslims who own the nisaab (minimum threshold of wealth), for more than a year. Despite knowing this, many believers do not give this pillar of Islam the significance that it warrants. As Muslims we should ensure that we are aware of our obligations in terms of Zakaat, and make certain that we are at least paying what is due from us in the manner that has been ordained. Those of us who pay our Zakaat in Ramadan should prepare ourselves and make suitable provisions for it insha’Allah.

Pearls of Wisdom - Neglect; 
“The righteous salaf were as fearful of their good deeds being squandered, or not being accepted, as the present generation is certain that their neglect will be forgiven.”
 Imam Hasan al Basri (rahimAllah)

Weekly Q&A;
Q. What is the threshold for Nisab el Zakat? (threshold for wealth when zakat becomes due)

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful,

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 equivalent to 595 grams of pure silver. 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 approach for a poor person is to assess how much wealth he has that has 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 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 fulfilling our obligations correctly.

And Allaah knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Calculate your Zakat; 
If you are due to pay Zakat soon, and are not sure how to calculate what you owe, then a good basic guide and calculator has been put together by 1st Ethical Charitable Trust at the following link:

Dua of the Week;
Supplication for Putting one's Trust in Allah:

  اِنِّىْ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى اللّٰهِ رَبِّىْ وَرَبِّكُمْ‌ؕ مَا مِنْ دَآبَّةٍ اِلَّا هُوَ
                                                                                                                                   اٰخِذٌۢ بِنَاصِيَتِهَاؕ اِنَّ رَبِّىْ عَلٰى صِرٰطٍ مُّسْتَقِيْمٍ‏

“Innee tawakkaltu AAala Allahi rabbee warabbikum ma min dabbatin illa huwa akhithun binasiyatiha inna rabbee AAala siratin mustaqeemin" 

"I put my trust in Allah, My Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has grasp of its fore-lock. Verily, it is my Lord that is on a straight Path”.
[Suran Hud, Verse 56]


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