A Mother’s Day sucker punch: Winners and losers in the Islamic tax gameMay 9, 2010
Not descended from Muhammad? Sorry, you are not entitled to receive the khums, the 20 percent tax on profits honored by Shia Muslims. (Beneficiaries of khums revenues are described here.)
Oh wait, you say you are his descendent? Well in that case, we’ll be happy to transfer our wealth to you via the khums.
Uh oh. We seem to have a little problem… You didn’t mention that you were only a descendant of Muhammad through your mom. You need to be a descendant through your father in order to receive any benefit.
This “wisdom” of the Shia comes to us from the “Al Qaem Youth Society” at fatmiya.net on Apr. 30:
Remember, this advice is not meant for non Fatemi ‘Sadat’ though being Hashemi they also deserve respect but they are not family members of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). Whenever in doubt, be cautious. Of course, those who are sayyed from mother’s side also deserve respect because they are children of the daughter. Imam Hasan (a.s.) and Imam Husain (a.s.) are prophet’s children because of this relation. People with this type of relations are not entitled to ‘Khums’. According to one reliable tradition from Jamad bin Isa, only those who are sayyed from father’s side are entitled ‘Khums’. Otherwise, they are equal as far respect is concerned. Both should be respected.
Thanks, Islam, for carving up humanity into different classes for eternal discrimination through the jizya against non-Muslims, through the kharaj against non-Arabs, and no khums benefits for non-descendants of Muhammad or his descendants via mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day!