The Virtue in Giving the Alms (Zakat)


Our Prophet SAW was the one who expended the most from what Allah SWT gave to him. If anyone wanted anything from the Messenger SAW, he would certainly give, whether it was much or whether it was little; he always gave whatever he could. The pleasure he took from giving was more than the happiness of the person who received. Our Prophet SAW specified four types of possessions from which to give alms (zakat):

1) Agricultural products and fruits,

2) Animals (camel, cattle),

3) Gold and silver,

4) All sorts of commercial goods.

“You who believe! Give away some of what We have provided for you before a Day arrives on which there is no trading, no close friendship and no intercession…” (Surat Al-Baqarah : 254)

Cooperation had a great place in our Prophet’s SAW life. He informs us that the best of all aids given are the ones given in secret. Our Prophet SAW says:

“Seven are (the persons) whom Allah would give protection with His Shade on the Day when there would be no shade but that of Him (i. e. on the Day of Judgment, and they are): … a person who gives charity and conceals it (to such an extent) that the right hand does not know what the left has given: and a person who remembered Allah in privacy and his eyes shed tears.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 005, Number 2248)

Satan inspires fear for future in people so as to hinder them from giving away from that which Allah SWT has blessed them with. This way, he drifts them into stinginess. Our Prophet SWT says that this is a great danger for believers.

 “Spend and do not calculate, (for) Allah would calculate in your case; and do not hoard, otherwise Allah would be withholding from you.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 005, Number 2244)

 “He who gives time to one who is financially hard up (in the payment of debt) or writes off his debt, Allah will provide him His shadow.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 042, Number 7149)

“If any owner of gold or silver does not pay what is due on him, when the Day of Resurrection would come, plates of fire would be beaten out for him; these would then be heated in the fire of Hell and his sides, his forehead and his back would be cauterized with them. Whenever these cool down, (the process is) repeated during a day the extent of which would be fifty thousand years, until judgment is pronounced among servants.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 005, Number 2161)

Giving to charity is one of the five “pillars” of Islam. Muslims who have wealth remaining over the year, after paying for their own basic needs, must pay a certain percentage to help others. This almsgiving is called Zakat, from an Arabic word which means both “to purify” and “to grow.” Muslim believe that giving to others purifies their own wealth, increases its value, and causes one to recognize that everything we have is a trust from God. Paying Zakat is required of every adult Muslim man or woman who possesses wealth of a certain minimum amount.

In addition to the required alms, Muslims are encouraged to give in charity at all times according to their means. Additional, voluntary charity is called sadaqah, from an Arabic word meaning “truth” and “honesty.” Sadaqah may be given at any time and in any amount. 

How Much to Pay in Zakat: Zakat is only required of those who have wealth beyond a certain amount to meet their basic needs (called nisab in Arabic). The amount of money paid in Zakat depends on the amount and type of wealth one possesses, but is usually considered to be a minimum of 2.5% of a person’s “extra” wealth. The specific calculations of Zakat are rather detailed and dependent on individual circumstances, so zakat calculators have been developed to assist with the process.

Who May Receive Zakat: The Qur’an specifies eight categories of people to whom Zakat may be donated (in verse 9:60):

  • Poor people — who have few belongings
  • Destitute people — who have absolutely nothing
  • Zakat collectors — for their work in collecting and distributing the zakat
  • Muslim converts — who may be estranged from their families and in need of help
  • Slaves — to free them from slavery in times/places where slavery has existed
  • Debtors — to help free them from insurmountable debts
  • Those working in the path of Allah — soldiers fighting a just war to defend the Muslim community
  • Wayfarers — who are stranded during their travels

When to Pay Zakat: While Zakat can be paid anytime during the Islamic lunar year, many people prefer to pay it during Ramadan or your could contribute now to Al-Hikmah Surau/Madrasah for student who studied Al-Quran and Alim.

The assessor of alms should try to give his Zakat to an eligible person, but if he makes a mistake and gives it to an ineligible person it is accepted. In a hadith related by Abu Hurairah, he said the Messenger SAW said:

“A man expressed his intention to give charity, so he came with his charity and placed it in the hand of an adulteress. In the morning the people were talking and saying charity was given to an adulteress last night. The donor said: O Allah, to thee be the Praise – charity to an adulteress! He then again expressed his intention to give charity, so he went out with it and placed it in the hand of a rich person. In the morning the people were talking and saying charity was given to a rich person. The donor said, O Allah to You be the praise – charity to a rich man! He then expressed his intention to give charity, so he went out with his charity and placed it in the hand of a thief. In the morning the people were talking and saying charity to the thief. So the man said, O Allah to You be the praise (what a misfortune that charity has been given) to the adulteress, the rich and the thief! Then someone came to him and told him your charity has been accepted. As for the adulteress the charity might become the means whereby she might restrain from fornication. The rich man might perhaps learn a lesson and spend from what Allah has given him, and the thief might thereby restrain from committing theft. (Muslim/ Bukhari).

Ijtimak Malaysia 2009


It is so wonderful to be at the World Ijtimak 2009 at KLIA Quarters recently. I met my long time friends which I have not met for more than 20 years at the Ijtimak. It is the blessing from Allah. To name a few here, like Razali Kamisan, Idris Karim, Fuad Nordin and few others. Also to mention here one of my friend at FB like Niezam Abdullah. All these are possible just because Allah wants it to happen. All are based on the kudrat of Allah swt.

Ijtimak Malaysia 2009
This world is like a prison for the believer, meaning that the way a prisoner isn’t free and is bound by rules, the affair of a believer is the same, this world is not one of freedom for them but one of rules and obligations towards Allah swt. The believer at all times keeps these rules and obligations in front of him. The way a prisoner doesn’t make his home the prison the believer is the same, where by he never sees this world as his home, but as a temporary dwelling full of trials until he reaches his final home of Jannah.

For a disbeliever the matter is on the complete other end of the scale, he sees the life of this world as jannah and does whatever his heart desires. He sees this world as his final home and acts accordingly to it, he pays no heed to the warnings that are given to him and does not submit to the will and obligations of Allah. He sees this world as his for the taking and makes it his goal to acquire as much as he can and to derive pleasure from it, due to this he sees this world as a place of reward and becomes blind to the reality of its evil and hereafter.

Note:
When thinking about it, many non-believers do not understand how muslims can devote a life to a higher being, how we as muslims can easily put on hold our lives for the sake of Allah.

At times explaining to a non-believer seems futile, but patience is critical in these matters, remember that to this day; Religion to them has always been a side dish, where as islam is the full 7 course meal.

Islam governs our lives, and we are happy for it to do so. As, if our lives were left within our own hearts desires we would truly be lost.

We see this life as temporary and our belief enables us to give up desires for a higher cause, for we know we will be rewarded.

Many times it takes a lot of time and tonnes of patience in order to be able to make a non-believer see this. We need to continuously make dua to Allah to guide those whom we try to call to Islam and make dua that Allah instill in us the correct a’dab to be able to do dakwah of His deen.

May Allah guides us All, insyaAllah.

Amin.

Before you go view this video, when the PM and DPM visited the Ijtimak gathering.


The miracle of human creation


Guys, have you ever ask yourself who are you? Where do you come from? Sounds interesting huh! This is what I read recently “The miracle of human creation” by Harun Yahya. Here is the introduction of the topic.

The human body is the most complicated machine in the world. We see with it, hear with it, breathe with it, walk and run with it, and sense pleasure with it. Its bones, muscles, arteries, veins and internal organs are organized with marvellous design, and when we examine this design in detail we find even more amazing facts. Every part of the body, though each may seem to be so different from another, is made up of the same material: cells.

Cells, each of which is one thousandth of a millimetre, are the structural units that form our body and everything in it. Some of these cells unite to form bones, others to form nerves, the liver, the inner layer of the stomach, the skin or the cornea of the eyeball. Each has the size and shape that exactly meet the requirement of that part of the body.
How and when did cells, which have such varied functions, come into being?
The answer to this question will take us into a process whose every moment is filled with mystery. All the approximately 100 trillion cells that make up your body today came from the division of one single cell. That single cell which had the same structure as all the cells in your body now, came from the union of your mother’s egg cell and your father’s sperm cell.
In the Qur’an, God sometimes refers to the wonders of the earth and the sky, and sometimes to the mysteries of the creation of living things as various signs of His existence. One of the most important of these signs is His wondrous creation of human beings.
In many verses, as a lesson to human beings, God advises them to turn and look at their own creation. He explains in detail how human beings come to be and what stages they pass through. In Surah 56, He tells of human creation:

We created you, so why do you not confirm the truth? Have you thought about the sperm that you ejaculate? Is it you who create it or are We the Creator? (Qur’an, 56: 57-59)

The essence of a human being composed of 60-70 kilos of flesh and a mass of bones was originally contained in a drop of fluid. It is certainly a wonder that an intelligent, feeling human being with the faculties of speech and hearing and with a remarkably complex physical structure could come into existence from a drop of fluid. This development was certainly not the result of a random process or the operation of chance, but rather of a conscious process of Creation.
This book will explain in detail a wonder that is experienced continually, by every person on the face of the earth the wonder of human creation. It must be made clear that what is dealt with in this book is only a part of the intricacies of human creation; but even what is related in this book reveals once again the eternal power of the Creator, His limitless knowledge and intelligence that surround and embrace the whole universe. And it will remind human beings that Almighty God is “the Best of Creators”.

We created man from the purest kind of clay; then made him a drop in a secure receptacle; then formed the drop into a clot and formed the clot into a lump and formed the lump into bones and clothed the bones in flesh; and then brought him into being as another creature. Blessed be God, the Best of Creators! (Qur’an, 23: 12-14)

Why not sit back and view this video. This video is about your story. How you came to be from a single drop of liquid? How you were carefully designed, built, fed, and raised in your mother’s womb? When you see the marvelous design, plan and intricacy in each tiny step that leads to your existence, you will recall that this is not the work of the blind forces of nature, but the work of an all-Wise and all-Powerful Creator, Allah SWT.

 
Then download the book here, http://www.harunyahya.com/creation.php

World Istimak in Malaysia


Guys, this coming July 9 to July 13 the World Istimak will be held in KLIA Quarters.

This gathering will be only the second world istimak in Malaysia after 23 years. It has been long since Malaysia become the host of this auspicious event. All muslim brothers will gather here and expecting also from the whole worlds. This is the way that Rasulullah s.a.w shown us to be a good muslim, with superb Iman and Amal. Let’s us convey this message to All muslim people, and pray to Allah may this gathering be a very successful gathering.

This is a photo taken during Istimak Tongi, Bangladesh early this year. Hopefully The Malaysia Istimak will be same capacity or even bigger than this insyaAllah.

Earlier this year in February 2009 at Tongi, Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi authorities deployed some 10,000 security officials to guard the World Congregation of Muslims at a 77-hectare (190-acre) site on the banks of River Turag in Tongi, just north of Dhaka, as hundreds of thousands of Muslims began arriving for the event, local government official Azmat Ullah Khan said. Khan said people were streaming into the ground on buses, trucks, ferries and trains. (International Herald Tribune)

It is reported that some 3 million Muslim devotees raised their hands in prayer for global peace, putting aside their country’s sometimes violent struggle with political corruption and Islamic extremists, at one of the world’s largest religious gatherings after Hajj in Mecca. The annual World Congregation of Muslims, or “Bishwa Ijtema,” has been held each year since 1966 on the banks of the River Turag in Tongi, just north of the capital, Dhaka. (The Ledger).

Read also the report on this gathering at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/

So hopefully Malaysia Istimak in KLIA Quarters this year will be the same strong gathering as in Tongi, Bangladesh, insyaAllah.

The Miracles


Recently I read a book on our Nabi s.a.w. and today allow me to share about the miracles of Nabi s.a.w. Put aside business world and be with me just for few minutes to procrastinate about this heavenly topic.

It is clear that whoever has witnessed the condition of Rasulullah s.a.w.; whoever listens with attention to the Ahadith of Nabi s.a.w. character, habits, qualities, policies with people of different status and standings, his being accustomed to people of different temperements and how people became so captivated in following him; whoever is aware of those realities and truths which were uttered by his blessed tongue as an answer to the most difficult of questions, and whoever glances at his wonderful and amazing policies in human affairs and to the beautiful indications found in the explanation of apparent explanations, the basic knowledge of which the intelligent of the world have remained helpless – then without shadow of doubt, he will exclaim that these perfections cannot be attained by efforts and hardwork, nor by the management of any human power.

In fact, it is not possible for these things nor can it be conceived that they are found without any heavenly power and divine aid. This is apparent that divine aid and resultant perfections can never be attained by any liar or fraud. Nabi s.a.w. character and way of life are a clear proof of his truthfulness. A pure Bedouin (Badwi) on seeing Nabi s.a.w said, “This is not the face of a liar”. This village-dweller, on just seeing some qualities and virtues of Nabi s.a.w., gives testimony to his truthfulness. What will be the condition of that person who had witnessed Nabi’s s.a.w. character and who had experienced the different phases of Nabi’s s.a.w. purelife? At this juncture, many scholars have briefly written some qualities of Nabi s.a.w. so that one can know his model of perfect character and so that one can judge Nabi’s s.a.w. truthfulness, high status and magnificent glory of Allah swt that Allah swt has granted Nabi s.a.w. these perfections to the highest degree, whereas Nabi s.a.w. was Ummi (unlettered), he never learnt from anyone, nor did he study any books and neither did he travel anywhere in search of knowledge. He was raised and grew up in a group of an illiterate village-dwelling community. Together, with this, he was an orphan. The shadow of a compassionate father who normally makes effort in nurturing and teaching good manners had been lifted from before (his birth), Added to this, Nabi s.a.w. was reared in a poverty-stricken household in severe conditions. Then from where did Nabi s.a.w attain all these beautiful qualities, knowledge and recognition, knowledge of the angels and past Ambiya’ and the specialities of the Ambiya’? If there had not been clear revelation, then how could one with human abilities be successful in attaining these astounding perfections by his own efforts? If Nabi s.a.w. excellences were only these, and not even one miracle became apparent, then too, the truthfulness and honesty of Nabi s.a.w. is sufficient proof for Nabi s.a.w. being truthful. This is the special mercy and favour of Allah swt that he did not suffice only on these excellences, but made apparent on Nabi’s s.a.w. blessed hands such open mu’jizat (miracles), that just by seeing them there would not remain any doubt in the most foolish and ignorant person regarding the Nubuwwat and Risalat of Nabi s.a.w.

From amongst these mu’jizat (miracles), here I would like to share only those most famous and well-known and which are mentioned in the reliable and Sahih (authentic) books of Hadith. These are:

  1. When Quraish demanded a sign of Nabi s.a.w. Nubuwwat from him, then Allah swt split the moon in two for him.
  2. In Hadrat Jabir’s r.a.d. house, from a little food a whole group was satiated.
  3. In the house of Hadrat Talha r.a.d. during battle of Khandaq (the trench), a small amount of food was sufficient for a big jama’at (group pf people) through the blessings of Nabi s.a.w.
  4. Once a baby goat and flour less than 2 bowls sufficed for 80 men. In Dalailun-Nubuwwat of Baihaqi, according to narration of Hadrat Jabir r.a.d. 800 people being satiated has been mentioned and in Dalail-Abi Nu’aim 1000 have been mentioned.
  5. Once a few dates which Binte-Bashir held in her hands, sufficient to satiate an entire army, and some remained thereafter.
  6. Water flowed from between the fingers of Nabi s.a.w. from which a thirsty army drank to their fill and from which they all made wudu’ (ablution).

May Allah gives us strength to seek more knowledge regarding Sunnah of Rasulullah s.a.w. and live the way of Islam as the way of Life which has been shown by Nabi s.a.w. and sahabahs.

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