Khums collected for Cold War?
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One of our brothers has asked this question:
I was recently surprised to read the messages, the last one with the importance of paying khums which was used for the war times for defeating Kaafirs. His answer made sense though i have doubts; "khums" 20% is paid to Allah and his messenger. Although we do not have any physical war in these times, does that mean there are no KAAFIRS any more! . May be khums is collected during this time to contribute in cold war to fight in a legal way in courts.
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Khums collected for Cold War?
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Brother, there seems to be an error in understanding this issue of khums. Khums was 20% of the war-booty collected after the muslims won the battle with the kuffars, 80% of the war-booty that was collected after the victory, was distributed to the soldiers and everybody else who helped in the victory. The balance 20% (khums) was the share for Allah and His Messenger (saws), and the Prophet (saws) used to keep very little for himself, and distribute the rest with the poor and destitute of Medina.
The war-booty was never collected from the muslims, but rather won as a spoil-of-war or war-booty after the muslims defeated the kuffars in the battles of Islam. Yes, there are kaafirs in the world today, but I do not know of any war between the Dawoodi Bohras who collect the Khums from its followers, and the kaafirs today. The Khums (or part of the war-booty) is not a means to finance any battle, but rather a reward for the muslims for winning the battle.
The Khums collected by the Dawoodi Bohra leadership is nothing but a scam to take out more money from their unsuspecting followers who obviously do not understand the Holy Quran and its injunctions. If the Bohras understood the Holy Quran, they would never pay the Khums. The Khums was not a tax, but a percentage left for Allah and His Messenger from the war-booty that the muslims had won in the battle against the kuffars.
No other Islamic organization has ever collected Khums from its followers in Islam other than the Dawoodi Bohra leadership! They cheat people out of their hard-earned money and try to give it a religious flavor. The only tax muslims have to pay is the poor-tax or zakaat and sadaqa. All the other names of taxation by the Bohra leadership like khums, sabeel, nazrul-maqaam, wajebaat, etc. are nothing but scams and lies in the name of Islam to increase their own coffers. There is absolutely no evidence from the Holy Quran for collecting these taxes from the muslims. And the poor Bohras incorrectly think that they are getting purified and Allah will reward them for paying these taxes to the Bohra leadership. The only thing that is happening is that the leadership is cheating the ignorant people of their money and enriching themselves at the expense of the common Bohras.
Just see what Allah has to say about people who cheat people in the name of Allah, and take a paltry worldly sum of money for their services.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Al-Baqarah verse 174: Indeed those, who conceal the commands that Allah has sent down in His Book and barter them away for paltry worldly gains, fill their bellies with fire. Allah will not speak to them on the Day of Resurrection, nor will He regard them as pure and there is a painful torment for them!
May Allah guide you and us all to read and understand the Holy Quran so that we can recognize these unscrupulous so-called religious leaders, who try to cheat us of our hard-earned money in the guise of Islam. May Allah guide you and us to the straight path of Islam.
May Allah guide you and us all to the Siraat al-Mustaqeem.
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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,