What is zakaah? #SANZAF
Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 24 April 2018| 07 Shabaan 1439
Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has said, ‘Protect your wealth with Zakaat and treat your sick ones with charity and counter the waves of calamity with Du’aa and humility.’
Zakaat is Fardh (compulsory) on a Muslim male or female who is mature and sane. He/she must also be the owner of Nisaab. Nisaab is the minimum amount of wealth which makes a person liable for Zakaat. This amount changes daily.
Niyyat (intention) must be made before giving Zakaat. Zakaat can be paid in cash or kind.
If one is the owner of Nisaab after one lunar year, then Zakaat will be Fardh upon him. The Zakaat should be paid annually on the Islamic date of a lunar year. The day an individual becomes the owner of Zakatable wealth (gold, silver, cash, or trading merchandise) equivalent to the amount of Nisab is termed as his Zakaat day. In other words, annually all Zakatable wealth in his ownership on that day must be calculated for Zakaat.
If one does not remember when he first became the owner of this amount i.e. 612.36 grams of silver or its value, he must apply his discretion and arrive at a conclusion. If he is unable to remember even after applying his discretion, he must stipulate any day as his Zakaat day based on the lunar calendar. Thereafter, on a yearly basis, he must calculate all Zakatable wealth in his ownership on that day.
After Zakaat becomes Fardh (one lunar has passed), Zakaat must be paid as soon as possible. One of the fundamentals of Zakaat is to discharge Zakaat to eligible recipients.
Procrastination is the trick of Shaytaan and Zakaat will continuously be adding up and we will be responsible.
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Extracts – Jamiat