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F.A.Q About Zakat

Answers to common questions related to zakat.

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If the stepparents and stepchildren are poor, then zakat can be given to them. They are not considered as the persons family member.

The mother and father of the bride can give zakat to the groom and vise versa. However, if they live in the same place it is recommended that the person giving the zakat not to give it to their brides or grooms, since they will benefit from their zakat.

Zakah can be given to the mother and father in-law since they are not from the person usul and furu.

Zakah can be given to the milk mother and father since they are not from the persons usul and furu.

  1. Since it is unknown whether the employees are poor shar’an
  2. Or the aids are not given with the intentions of zakah
  3. If the company has partners, it is unknown if they gave it with their(partners) consent or not
  4. If the contractual requirement is distributed while recruiting the job, these aids are not considered as alms of zakah, since they provide indirect benefits to the owners of the company

If a debt given to a poor person or debt given to a charity organization is donated by deducting zakat at the end of the year, zakat will be given only for the amount they will receive. All donated debt will not have replaced zakat.

Agricultural products such as wheat, barley, chickpea, walnut, and hazelnut that are obtained only by being watered with rainwater, with the name ushr or one-tenth as in one per ten scales.

Ushr = the duty of giving zakat with the alliance of the whole ulema.

Crops that are carried with animals or watered by hand are subject to one-twentieth ushr=zakat

There are different opinions about whether or not to give ushr in non-durable agricultural products such as vegetables, fruits.

What’s best is the giving of ushr after deducting the cost of raising such products.

If a product is kept for a year by its owners without the intention of trading, and then sold, even if the money obtained meets the quorum, it is not subject to zakat. However, if a year passes by on the amount obtained from the sale, then it is subject to zakat.

If a crop that’s ushr has been given is kept for trading purposes, it becomes subject to zakat after a year.

If by illegitimate earnings purposes such as thievery, extortion and gambling is meant, then zakat is not required and these earnings should be returned to their owners.

However, if haram earnings or belongings are mixed in with halal earnings or belongings, and it is not possible to differentiate between them, then it is required to calculate all of the earnings or belongings and give zakat accordingly.

Zakat is a personal duty like prayer or fasting. The man’s debt binds the man. If the gold in the hands of the wife is 80 grams, which is the quorum amount, she must give zakat. However, if the debt is in both the husband and wife’s name such as a mortgage, loan or similar common debt, and if the value of the amount of gold the wife owns does not meet the quorum amount after deducting what the wife is subjected to pay for in the common debt, then she is not required to give zakat.

Zakat (Zakah)

Zakah is to give one-fortieth (2.5%) of one’s wealth annually to one of the eight classes of people specified in Qur’ân Al-Karîm.

The conditions that render Zakah Fardh (obligatory): An adult, sane, free and debtless Muslim who is in possession of the Nisab amount of wealth, in excess of their basic needs for a complete lunar year is obliged to pay the Zakah. This wealth should further be of productive nature. Although gold and silver are not productive, their Zakah should be given when they reach the amount of Nisâb.

Nisab: It is a religious standard to determine the liability of paying Zakah. Nisab is to possess 20 mithqâl (80,18grams) of gold or an equivalent amount of money or trade goods in excess of one’s debts and basic needs. The basic needs include a house and its furniture, clothes, tools, books, a vehicle (or a horse) and some provisions. One-fortieth (2.5%) of the taxable amount of money has to be given as ZakahZakat on livestock: One sheep out of every forty sheep, one sheep out of every five camels, one calf out of every thirty head of cattle. Mines (precious stones) are also subject to Zakat.

Ushr is the Zakat on farm produce, which is one-tenth of the crop from the land. If the irrigation of the land is by artificial means, the amount is one-twentieth. Farm crops include wheat, barley, rice, millet, watermelon, cucumber, eggplant, clover, olives, sesame, honey, manna, sugar cane, and fruits. Lands in Turkey are Ushr applicable as they are private and registered. Muslim landowners who are engaged in farming should give their Ushr so that their harvest will be Halal (lawful).

The eligible Zakat recipients are specified in the 60th Ayah (verse) of Sûrah Al-Tawbah. The poor who do not have the Nisab, the needy who have nothing in life (Al-Masâkîn), the officials in charge of collecting Zakat, those who have inclined towards Islâm by receiving Zakat (Muallafah Al-Qulub), People in bondage, people burdened with debts, people who are in the path of Allâh and travelers stranded without money.

Zakah can be given to any of these eight categories mentioned above. However, the most deserving people to receive the Zakah are the needy with nothing in life and those who are striving in the cause of Allâh.

Some Manners Of Zakat

To give the Zakat with the intention of cleaning the heart of everything apart from the love of Allah. To give with the intention of riding the heart of stinginess. To give with the intention of showing gratitude to the blessings from Allah.

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