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Calculation of Zakaat

10 June 2016

In 1436H, with the raza of Syedna Qutbuddin RA, we published the guidelines to calculate zakaat in today’s financial system. With the raza and doa of Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS, we are pleased to present the Zakaatcalculation e-book in English, Dawat ni zaban and Gujarati.  Below is an excerpt from the book,

Like prayer, fasting, and hajj, zakaat is one of the seven da’aim, or foundational pillars, of the Shari’at of Islam. Zakaat khuda no haqq chhe. Allah Ta’ala commands mumineen, in 13 places in the Qur’an, to do so, with the (exact or similar) words: “Pray namaaz and give zakaat” (Baqara 43)

For every mumin, it is compulsory to offer zakaat once every year. Du’aat kiraam have encouraged mumineen to araz zakaat during the holy month of Ramadan, in order to gain abundant sawaab.

In numerous verses in the Qur’an, Allah Ta’ala has promised the ultimate victory—Jannat—to those who give zakat.

Zakaat has deep significance. One of its important functions is sustaining the community. Islam emphasizes social awareness and charity. Through the institution of compulsory zakaat, Islam makes the wealthy in the community responsible for assisting the needy. In one important verse, the Qur’an names eight recipients of zakaat:“Zakaat is for the poor, the destitute, its administrators, those whose hearts are to be won over, freeing from bondage, helping those overburdened with debts, in Allah’s cause, and the wayfarer. This is Allah’s mandate. Allah is all-knowing, wise.”(Surat Tawba 60).

Moreover, zakaat, along with other vaajebaat, is important for supporting Dawat activities.

Zakaat is valid only when given in the hands of the Haqq na Saheb of each age, namely, Imam-uz-zamaan, and in his satar, Dai-z-zamaan. As Syedna Qadi al-Nu’man (RA) explains at length, Allah does not accept the zakaat of a person who offers it to someone other than Haqq na Saheb. Unlike voluntary alms or sadaqa which one can give at will, zakaat must be offered in the Imam’s satar to the Dai-z-zamaan, or one who is designated by him, in order to be valid.

Rules for calculating zakaat are derived from the Qur’an, Rasulullah’s (SA) sunnat and hadith, pronouncements and practice of Maulana Ali (AS) and the Fatemi Imams, and in their satar, their Dais. These zakaat and vajebaat calculation rules as they apply to our zamaan are presented here with the raza of the 54th Dai-l-Mutlaq Syedna Taher Fakhruddin TUS—our Dai-z-zamaan, our Haadi and Rehbar, who guides us to Rasulullah’s Shariat and the Straight Path, the one who was prepared for this high role by the 53rd  Dai l- Mutlaq Syedna Khuzaima Qutbuddin (RA).