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Where was zakah money used.

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I dont mean to be argumentative, but this question has intrigued me for a while. What was the collected zakat money used for during the time of the Prophet (SAW)? Have the local government taxes replaced that function to some extent? If so, do people paying government taxes also have to pay zakat of 2.5% of their savings?

Again, I dont mean to be argumentative. I am just trying to understand this on my own.

Thanks, 

 

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Where was zakah money used

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Your Question: What was the collected zakat money used for during the time of the Prophet (SAW)?

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:

60 Alms are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds), for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for those in bondage and in debt, in the Cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

 

Allah Subhanah has prescribed and Decreed that zakah funds can only be spent on any of the above eight listed categories:

  1. To the poor
  2. To the needy
  3. To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
  4. To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
  5. For those in bondage
  6. For those in debt
  7. In the Cause of Allah
  8. To the way-farer or traveler

 

The Messenger of Allah (saws) made arrangements to collect the zakah dues from the believers and deposit them in the bayt-al-maal or Central Treasury and in absolute obedience to the Command of Allah, the Messenger of Allah (saws) would spend the zakah dues in any of the above listed eight categories only.

 

Your Question: Have the local government taxes replaced that function to some extent? If so, do people paying government taxes also have to pay zakat of 2.5% of their savings?
Beloved brother, the obligatory zakah dues are a right the Lord Most High has kept for the poor and needy believers in the wealth of those believers who are blessed with abundance by their Lord.

 

The taxes levied by the local governments, regardless of whether the government is Shariah based or otherwise, has absolutely nothing to do with ones obligatory worship of zakah; and absolutely regardless of whether or not one pays the other taxes levied by the government of the land one stays in, if one is a believer and has excess wealth more than the prescribed nisaab, one would be liable to fulfill their zakah dues unto their Lord.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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