All posts by Abdul Azeem Khan

Do I have to pay Zakah?

 

Question:

I am a student, Allahamdulillah after doing internship during summer got money, and now I am a student and not earning, is zakat applicable to me, Jazak Allah khair and when is zakat applicable

 

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

At the outset, it is important to understand the basic concept of calculating Zakāh.

The day an individual becomes owner of Zakātable wealth (gold, silver, cash, or trading merchandise) equivalent to the amount of Nisāb (87.48 grams of gold or its value in cash)[1], this day is termed as his Zakāh day. In other words, annually all Zakātable wealth in his ownership on that day must be calculated for Zakāh.

 

If one never owned the amount of 87.48 grams of gold or its value in cash, then such a person is not required to pay Zakah.

 

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

 

 

 

Giving away Haram money

 

Question:

Assalamualaikum,

my company invested some amount to my 401k plan without my knowledge and consent to some Haram stocks, now those stock prices have increased and I have some earnings.

so now my question is can I give that money to my cousin’s or relatives who are really desperate but they are not zakat eligible.

Please advise.

 

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

You may only give Haram money to those who are deserving of Zakah.

 

In principle, any Muslim that does not own wealth or property to the value of Nisab (which is $5,155 as of 12-3-20)in excess of his/her basic needs (which includes personal house, cars, and clothing), is eligible to receive zakat.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

Isa Alaihissalam returning as an Ummati

Question:

Assalamualikum,

I have a question. When Jesus (AS) returns and we as Muslims follow him. Would that make us amongst the followers of Jesus (AS) or would we still be considered as followers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?

So as Muslims, should we follow Jesus (AS) on his return even though he came with his own religion (Christianity)?

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Hazrat Isa (AS)’s reappearance in this world will not be as a Nabi but rather as an Ummati of Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه و سلّم). Hence, when Isa Alaihissalam will follow Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, anyone following Isa Alaihissalam will in essence be following Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

For example, when the President of one country visits another country, he does not become the President of the country he visits. Rather he must follow the rules of the country that he visits. Similarly when Isa Alaihissalam will return in the era of Rasullullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, he will follow the Shariah of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

Giving Zakah to a Syed

 

Question:

Assalamualaikum Mufti Sahab,

I would like to know if one can give zakah money to Syed people.

Jazakallah

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The payment of Zakah purifies one’s wealth. Zakah is the filth that has come out of the wealth of the person who has given Zakah. Therefore, it is not permissible to give Zakah to a Syed, as it is against the honor of a Syed to give him such money. Those who are wealthy should assist the Syeds through optional Sadaqah.[1]

However, if the Syed is genuinely in need and no one is available to assist with optional Sadaqah, then in such a situation to give him Zakah money is permissible as this is the lesser of the two evils. It is better that the Syed should receive Zakah money rather than having to beg others for assistance. [2]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

[1] Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, Vol. 9, page 552, Faruqiyyah

 

[2] Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, Vol. 9, page 560, Faruqiyyah

Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariyya, page 221-227, Zamzam

Covering face during Salah

 

Question:

Are we allowed to cover our face during salah? Cause I heard that your face should be open during salah, especially for woman?

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible to cover one’s face during Salah. This ruling is applicable for men and women.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

Zakah on loan from 401K account

 

Question:

Assalam o Alaikum, I want to take loan out of my 401K and pay it back to my lender as soon as i get, so my question do i have to pay zakat on the loan taken from the 401K?
Jazak-Allah khairuk

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, when one takes a loan from his 401K account, he is borrowing from himself.

Therefore, any money that one has in his ownership on his annual Zakah day is liable for Zakah, whether that money is physically with him as a result of taking the loan and he has not spent it yet, or that money is in his 401K account (either he never took a loan or returned the money back into his 401K account after taking a loan).

That money which one has already spent prior to his annual Zakah day and has not returned it back into his 401K account prior to the Zakah day, is not liable for Zakah.

For more details on Zakah and the annual Zakah day, please listen to the following lecture:

http://masjidyaseen.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Fiqh-of-Zakah-and-Taraweeh.mp3

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

 

 

 

Fasing and sickness

 

Question:

ASSALAM U ALAIKUM
Is it permissible to continue to keep fasting with high fever which causes difficulty in not taking timely medicines?
When is it permissible to break ones fard fast in sickness and how can one derive the tipping point of when to do break it?
Jazakallah

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, if a person has such a sickness that fasting will either increase the sickness, delay the cure of the sickness, or cause death, then such an individual is excused from fasting. However, this information must be attained by consulting a practicing Muslim doctor.

If one is fasting and during the course of fasting he/she experiences such a sickness that continuing the fast will either cause death or cause the sickness to increase, then one may break the fast. [1]

In both cases, one must do Qadha (make up) of the missed and broken fasts.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

[1] Beheshti Zewar (Urdu), page 233, Altaf and Sons

Eye drops while fasting

 

Question:

assalam walaikum warahmatullah mufti shahb can someone suffering from severe allergies use eye drops during fasting . jazakallah hu khai

 

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible to apply eye drops while fasting. Eye drops do not break the fast.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

[1] Ahsanul Fatawa, Vol. 4, page 439, Saeed

Investing in the stock market

 

Question:

As Salam-O-Alaikum Mufti Sahab,

I had a question if investing in Stock Market is halal or not?
According to some only investing in non halal companies (Alcohol etc) is haram.

Wanted to get some answers from a reliable source.

Looking forward to you reply. May Allah keep you safe during this Pandemic.

Jazakallah.

 

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The following is a standard answer on investing in the stock market:

http://www.askimam.org/public/question_detail/43778

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman