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Should Zakat be paid every year? Does not Zakat purify the Wealth?

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Dr. Bilal Philips wrote “The Chennai Treatise on the Annual Payment of Zakaah” that clarifies questions like

  1. Should we pay Zakath every year for the same wealth?
  2. Doesn’t Zakath purify the wealth? If so, why should we “purify” it again and again?

A couple of brothers mentioned that no one has shown enough evidence against Moulavi PJ’s arguments – not even the above booklet. To quote, “மார்க்கம் சம்பந்தமான சகோ. பி. ஜெ யின் அறிவுரைகள் (கருத்துக்கள்) எல்லாவற்றையும் ஏற்றுகொள்ள முடியாது என்றபோதிலும் ஜகாத் விசமாக அவரின் கருத்துக்களை (ஜகாத் கொடுத்த பொருட்களுக்கு மீண்டும் மீண்டும் வருசா வருசம் ஜகாத் கொடுக்க தேவையில்லை) மறுப்பதற்கான ஆதாரப்பபூர்வமான ஹதீஸ்(கள்) இதுவரை யாராலும் காட்ட முடியவில்லை என்பதுதான் யதார்தம். கால காலாக செய்துவருகிறோம் என்பதனால் ஒரு செயல் மார்க்கம் ஆகிவிடாது”

Here is the compilation of my responses. All the hadeeths are taken from Dr. Bilal’s booklet.

Evidences for paying every year

The two hadeeths (among many) mentioned below talk about paying annual Zakat without any restrictions or exclusions. As such, we should pay Zakat on our wealth on an annual basis.


Zayd ibn Aslam reported from Ibn ‘Umar that he quoted Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) as saying: “Whoever acquires wealth has no Zakaah to pay on it until a year passes on it in the sight of his Lord.” (at-Tirmithee. This hadeeth has 3 chains)


Abdullaah ibn Mu‘aawiyah al-Ghaadiree quoted Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) as saying, “He who performs three things will have the taste of faith:One who worships Allah alone; one believes that there is no god but Allah; and one who pays Zakaah every year on his property…” (Sunan Abu Dawud, vol. 2, p. 413, no. 1577 and authenticated in Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood, vol. 1, pp. 297-8, no. 1400. )


This hadeeth is even more explicit: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is saying al-Abbas has paid his Zakat in advance

Ibn ‘Abbaas said: Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) sent ‘Umar to collect Zakaah. When he came to al-‘Abbaas requesting the Zakaah of his wealth, al-‘Abbaas spoke to him in a rough manner. He left and returned to the Prophet (pbuh) and informed him.Allaah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “Indeed al-‘Abbaas has paid the Zakaah of his wealth for this year and the year to come. ” ( Authentic – Sunan ad-Daarqutnee, vol. 2, p. 124)


Does Zakat purify the wealth? or the Donor? or, both?

Argument: Zakat purifies the wealth. So, you don’t have to pay Zakat on the ‘purified’ wealth year after year

Response: Even if Zakat purifies the wealth, this assertion (i.e. the argument that you don’t need to pay Zakat for the wealth for which you already paid Zakat) is just a human logic. Human logic can’t be the basis of an ibaadah. You need to show evidences from Quran or Hadeeths for this.

Now, here are some evidences that Zakat purifies the person (donor).

Take, [O, Muhammad], from their wealth a charity by which you purify them and cause them increase, and invoke [ Allah ‘s blessings] upon them… (Qur’an 9:103)

The “purification” mentioned in this verse refers to purification of their hearts from stinginess, greed and a lack of sympathy for the poor (Fiqh us-Sunnah,vol. 3, p. 2. Also see Tafsir Ibn Kathir, vol. 4, p. 508) The verse does not state that it is purification of the wealth.

Anas ibn Maalik said: “A man from the tribe of Tameem came to the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! I have much property, ..The Messenger of Allah replied, ‘Pay Zakaah from your property, for truly it is a purifier which PURIFIES YOU . Be kind to your relatives and acknowledge the rights of the…do not squander[your wealth]” (Musnad Ahmad,no. 11945. Some weakness noted in this, but then this is used as a supporting evidence)


To reiterate, whether you think Zakat purifies the wealth, donor, both or none has nothing to do with the fact that Zakat should be paid every year on your wealth.


Our options when Hadeeths aren’t “explicit” or “clear”

If certain verses or hadeeths aren’t clear, we have some options

1. Take them at their face value. For example (just an example, and not to raise another topic here) when a hadeeth says “Allah is on Arsh”, believe that He is on Arsh and not everywhere in the earth

2. Argue that “I need a hadeeth that explicitly mention that Allah is on Arsh, only on Arsh, and at no point in time … and never becomes part of human beings…” You get the idea. Expect Qur’an and Sunnah to read like human law books, Terms and Conditions, Privacy rules, etc

3. Look to the most knowledgeable “Certified as The Best” Muslims. How did they understand? Please see…/which-islam-is-the…/ (Quran and Sunnah are the only two sources. We seek / look to people only for understanding the Q & S). Here is an example:

‘Amr ibn Shu‘ayb narrated from his father, from his grandfather (the Companion, ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas) that he used to write to his custodian, Saalim, to extract the Zakaah of his daughters jewelry every year (Sunan ad-Daarqutnee, vol. 2, p. 107)


Who would threaten if you keep giving Zakat every year you would become poor?

Allah says in Surat al-Baqarah verses 267 and 268

O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.

Satan threatens you with poverty and orders you to immorality, while Allah promises you forgiveness from Him and bounty. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing.


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Written by S Ibrahim

Apr 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

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