Every Muslim, male or female, who, at the end of the year, is in possession of approximately fifteen dollars or more, in cash or articles of trade, must give Zakah at the minimum rate of two and one-half percent. In the case of having the amount in cash the matter is easy. But when a person has wealth in business stocks or trade articles, he must evaluate his wealth at the end of every year according to the current value and give Zakah at the same rate of two and one-half percent of the total value of the wealth. If his investment is in immovable property like revenue buildings and industries, the rate of Zakah should go by the total net of the income, and not of the total value of the whole property. But if he puts up buildings and houses for trade or selling, Zakah rate should go by the total value of the entire property. Also if someone is a creditor and the indebted person is reliable one should pay Zakah for the amount he has lent because it is still a portion of his guaranteed wealth.
The Prophet (saas) relieved Muslims of difficulties
|The Prophet (saas) lifted burdens from the faithful, and was a guide to them in tasks that they failed to understand properly, which were otherwise had been too difficult. People are easily prone to making their lives difficult, and to imposing rules upon themselves, by which they falsely believe they have solved their problems. This particular human characteristic is one of the reasons why the religion has been distorted through the years. Many societies have dreamed up rules that did not actually exist in the religion, and then made themselves and others believe that they would only be truly god-fearing when they adhered to them. One of the Prophet (saas)’s most important qualities was the way he lifted such burdens that people had imposed on themselves. Allah speaks of that quality of the Prophet (saas) in a verse:
The term “Allah” the Almighty is originally an Arabic word, which was used by the pre-Islamic Arabs. They believed in Allah, the Almighty, the supreme God and the one and only God. Some of them worshiped other gods besides Him, while others were polytheists Continue reading
The high morality of the Prophet (saas)
As a verse of the Qur’an reveals, “… Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and the Final Seal of the Prophets.” (Surat al-Ahzab: 40), the Prophet Muhammad (saas) was sent to mankind as the last prophet. He was a living example of the sublime morality of Allah’s last revelation.
He was a friend of Allah and inspired humanity by his nearness to Him. He was His representative, noble in His eyes, and a friend to all believers.
As Allah has revealed in another verse, “We will impose a weighty Word upon you…” (Surat al-Muzammil: 5), he charged His last prophet, Muhammad (saas) with a heavy responsibility. Due to the Prophet (saas)’s strong faith in Allah, he fulfilled that responsibility in the best possible way, called mankind to the path of Allah and Islam, and illuminated the way for all believers. Continue reading
Question put to our Noble Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen after Salaat al-Fajr in al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah on Tuesday 27 Ramadhaan 1420/ 4 January 2000
Which is better for the woman, to pray in her house or pray in al-Masjid al-Haraam(Makkah)?
The Noble Shaykh (hafitha-hullaah) briefly responded by saying it is better for the woman to pray in her house for that which is mentioned in the hadeeth:
((Do not prevent your women from going to the masaajid, however, their homes arebetter for them)).
The word masaajid (plural of masjid) encompasses all the masaajid inclusive of al-Masjid al-Haraam in Makkah, al-Masjid an-Nabawee in Madeenah and al-Masjid al-Aqsaa in al-Quds (Jerusalem). Therefore based upon this hadeeth it is clear that it is better for a woman to pray in her home.
Question: What is the ruling regarding looking at a woman (ajnabiyyah – someone who he is not amahram to) and (similarly) a woman (ajnabiyyah) looking at a man whilst watching television?
Response: It is not permissible because generally that which one sees of women on the television are without hijaab and revealing some of their ‘awrah; and regarding the men, that they too are beautified and the effect of this is a fitnah, leading to evil in general.
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa
Question: Is it permissible for a woman to uncover her hair, neck and arms infront of her mahrams – such as her father and her brother?
Response: Yes, it is permissible for a woman to have them – and that which is similar – uncovered in the presence of her mahrams.
And Allaah has the complete knowledge (of all affairs).
Shaykh Muhammed ibn ‘Abdillaah as-Subayyal
Question: Does eating camel fat nullify the wudhoo?
Response: As for camel fat, then [eating] it does not nullify the wudhoo, because it is not meat.
Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahmaan as-Sa’dee
Question: My financial status is very comfortable, and all praise is due to Allaah (alone), therefore last year I paid three men to perform the (voluntary) Hajj on behalf of myself, my father and my mother; Keeping in mind that I have already performed (my obligatory) Hajj, I intend to continue to pay three men to perform the (voluntary) Hajj on behalf of myself, my father and my mother, so long as I am alive, so is there any religious prohibition in this?
Response: May Allaah reward you with good. This (action of yours) is indicative of your keenness to do good. So long as you (yourself) have performed that which is obligatory upon you and you wish to do good for yourself and your parents then it would be better if you spent this money on those who were needy from amongst the poor.
Shaykh Saailh ibn Fowzaan fatwaonline.com
Question: I donated (money) for a charitable project out of fear and shame of my immediate manager at work; If he had left the matter to me I would not have donated, not even half a penny! So am I rewarded in full for this action of mine, just as I would (have been rewarded) if I had donated for this (charitable) project with good intention and personal choice?
Response: If the matter was as you have mentioned, then you are not rewarded for this donation; Because you had not intended (the donation) for the Sake of Allaah, rather, you had offered it to please your colleague out of fear of him. Continue reading