Posts Tagged ‘zakat al-fitr’

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130 requests for zakat, and counting

November 20, 2012

Money Jihad has just added a new page to the website cataloging about 45 previously unpublished requests we’ve received from Muslims around the world asking us to give them money through zakat donations.

Some of the requests claim to be for personal reasons—such as helping somebody with their education or helping them get out of debt—but some have a broader Islamic agenda such as “helping us to raise Muslim power” or “making Islam gain ground.”  Most of the messages don’t request a specific amount.  The smallest amount sought is $200; the largest request hints at $1 million.

Take a look!  Some of them, like one requesting help with “skull fees,” are unintentionally humorous.

There are about 85 separate requests on this old post, too, including a comment that “-Jihad -zakaat, I hope it will go a long way in achieving all predetermined goals.”

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Zakat causes bloodbath in Pakistan this Ramadan

August 16, 2012

Ramadan "donation" firefight

Our first story on the ongoing zakat street war in Pakistan comes from the Daily Times which reports that “the extortion mafia of Karachi generates billions of rupees in the Ramzan [Ramadan] season.”  The Times further reports rampant grenade attacks this “holy month” by the bhatta extortion mafia on Karachi’s small businesses and chain stores:

Karachi extortion : Trend of grenade attacks on markets terrorises traders

The recent trend of grenade attacks of shops and markets that refuse extortion has terrorised local traders and businessmen, besides totally blackened the chances of further investment in Karachi.

All Pakistan Organization of Small Traders and Cottage Industries (APOSTCI) Karachi chapter president Mehmood Hamid said in past the extortionists backed by the ruling parties used to send bullets wrapped in extortion demand chits to Karachi traders, but embolden by covet backing from the corridors of power, now these mafia men are hurling grenades on shops and markets that refuse or delay Bhatta.

He said a famous chain store at NIPA Chowrangi was attacked with grenade. Last week shops at Yousuf Plaza and Water Pump were attacked with hand grenades and earlier grenades were hurled in bazaars of Hussainabad, Liaquatabad and Quaidabad by extortionists. He said the APOSTCI has record of more than one dozen such grenade attacks in Karachi.

He said extortion mafia is collecting forces Fitra and Zakat at the rate of Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 per shop in Karachi, but the police and administration are playing the role of silent spectator. He said small traders are the worst affected segment of society due to Karachi lawlessness and a lot of small trades and cottage industries have closed their doors for good due to lack of business. He demanded of the government to realise the gravity of the situation as the ongoing ‘Bhatta war’ in Karachi is hitting hard the economy of not only Karachi but also the whole country.

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Weekly word: zakat al-fitr

August 18, 2010

Simple “zakat” is the 2½ percent Islamic tax on wealth often given during Ramadan.  (Note:  some Islamic scholars insist that zakat should be paid within one year of accumulating wealth that surpasses the threshold taxable nisab amount rather than at Ramadan.)

Zakat al-fitr is a smaller, more specific type of zakat paid in food on Eid, the last day of Ramadan.  Brill explained it this way:

By zakat al-fitr (zakat of the breaking of the fast) is meant the obligatory gift of provisions at the end of the month of Ramadan, which according to Tradition was ordered by the Prophet in the year 2 and fixed as regards the amount (the latter is however not certainly historical).  There were differences of opinion regarding the relation of this zakat to the general one and regarding the question whether it was obligatory.  According to the view which finally prevailed, the zakat al-fitr is obligatory (according to the Malikis only sunna) and has to be handed over by every free Muslim for himself and all persons whom he is legally bound to support at latest on the first of the month Shawwal which follows Ramadan.  A man is exempted only if he possesses the bare necessities of life for himself and his family.  The amount of this zakat is 1 sa (=1/60 wask) or 4 mudd of the usual foodstuffs of the country for each member of the household.

Compared to basic zakat (which some people call zakat al-mal), zakat al-fitr is a smaller tax that may be of less direct use for terrorist financing.  However, much like zakat, zakat al-fitr always carries a thinly veiled threat against Muslims for non-payment.  Take for instance this passage of the Sahih Bukhari, in which Muhammad swore that most occupants of hell are women for failing to pay zakat al-fitr:

On ‘Id ul Fitr [Eid al-Fitr] or ‘Id ul Adha Allah’s Apostle (p.b.u.h) went out to the Musalla. After finishing the prayer, he delivered the sermon and ordered the people to give alms. He said, “O people! Give alms.” Then he went towards the women and said. “O women! Give alms, for I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-Fire were you (women).” The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is the reason for it?” He replied, “O women! You curse frequently, and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. O women, some of you can lead a cautious wise man astray.” Then he left. (Volume 2, Book 24, Number 541)

In Christianity, tithing is voluntary.  Under Islam, failing paying zakat and zakat al-fitr are punishable by eternal damnation.