Zakat

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Saleh El-Othaimeieen was asked the following questions:

Should the house-servant give Zakat?

Answer:

          The house-servant must give Zakat El-Fitr because she is a Muslim.  However, regarding whether she should give it from her own money or should the master discharge this task.  According to Islamic legislation her Zakat is her own duty she should give it from her own money, but if the master undertake this task in place of her it is allowed.


Shaikh Mohammed Bin Salih El-Othaimeieen was asked the following question:

The delayed dowry of a woman is three thousand Reyals.  She says that if she give Zakat every year then this amount of money will finish, what should she do?

Answer:

          If the husband was a poor man then it is not obligatory on her to give Zakat from her delayed dowry that is with him.  This is applicable to every debt.  The debt that poor should pay has no Zakat, because the debtor can not give Zakat from the debt, which he is unable to cover it.  Moreover a poor debtor must be given chance of time.  It is not permitted to demand him or imprison him.  It would be better if the man knows that his indictor is poor, it would be better for him to leave him and not to embarrass the poor or imprison him.


Shaikh Bin Baz was asked the following question:

I have sold a gold which u was using for sometime.  But I did not give its Zakat.  I sold it against an amount of four thousand Reyal.  How can I give its Zakat?

Answer:

          If you were not knowing that its Zakat was a must till you sold it, then it is all right, but if you were knowing this fact then its Zakat would be twenty five Reyals against each thousand Reyal per year (for each year) and so on for the previous years according to the price of gold in the market.  It would be a quarter of one tenth in the current in use.  But if you were not knowing this and you came to know about it only in the last year before selling it then you give Zakat of that last year only.


Shaikh Abdel Aziz Bin Baz was asked the following question:

Some women exceed the proper limits in wearing gold, though its wearing is permitted for them, therefore, what is the rule regarding Zakat of gold?

Answer:

          Wearing gold and silk is permitted for women but it is prohibited for men.  The prophet (PBUH) says, “Gold and silk are permitted for females Islam and they are prohibited for males of Islam” [Refer to Ahmed, Nisaee, Tirmizi & confirmed by the saying of Abee Mosa Al Asharee] Muslim scholars did not agree on the matter of whether Zakat is obligatory for those women who have gold & ornaments for the purpose of self beautification or not?  Some scholars said that Zakat is not must to be given against the ornaments used for the purpose of self beautification and that which are landed to others for the same purpose whereas some scholars considered Zakat to be must against such ornaments.  However, the last opinion is the right one.  Zakat is must against such ornaments if it reaches quorum and completes the period of a year in the possession of the owner.  The amount of quorum is twenty weighs of gold and forty weighs of silver.  If the quantity if gold and gold ornaments become equal to 20 weigh, then Zakat is must.  Twenty quorum is equal to eleven & half Saudi Reyals and its value according to grams it is about 92 gram.  If gold ornaments are equal to 92 grams its one forth of the one tenth of each one thousand grams which completed a period of a year.  the prophet (PBUH) said to woman whose daughter was wearing two pieces of gold on her hand “Do you give Zakat of this?”  The woman answered “No”  The prophet said , “Would you be happy if Allah chains you on Judgment Day by two chains fire?” Abdullah Bin Amro related that the woman took them off and throw them to the prophet and said, “they are for Allah and His prophet” [Refer Abu Dawd Nisaee] Um Salama (PBUH) said that she was wearing pieces of gold and she said to the prophet (PBUH) that she is possessing and treasuring the same.  The prophet asked her, “whatever ornament which is equal to quorum you must give Zakat against it because ornament cannot be a treasure”.  [Refer Abu Daud]  the prophet (PBUH) saw silver ornaments in the hands of Aisha (PBU Her).  He asked her “What is this O Aisha” She said that she made them to beautify herself for him.  He asked her, “Do you give its Zakat?”  She answered, “No, and she inquired whether Allah had ordered to do so.  The prophet (PBUH) replied, “It will protect you from Hell-fire” [Confirmed by El Hakim.  Whether is not given out its Zakat is treasure that biggest treasure on Judgment Day.


Shaikh Abdel Aziz Bin Baz was asked the following question:

Can a woman pay the Zakat of her ornament to her own husband? Her husband is working as a government servant and his salary is about four thousand Reyals, but she has to pay a debt of about thirty thousand Reyals.

Answer:

          There is no objection of a woman pay the Zakat of her ornaments or other property to her husband if he was a poor man pr facing the payment of a debt or a fine.  Scholars agree on this issue and confirm it by the Quranic verse which says, “Alms are for the poor and the needy” [9:60]


Shaikh Abdel Aziz Bin Baz was asked the following question:

Can a man give his Zakat to his mother?

Answer:

          A man is not permitted to give his Zakat to his parents or to his offspring’s, rather it is obligation on him to spend on them if they are in need of such a help and he was able to spend on them.