Who are eligible to receive zakah.
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dear i would like to know about zakath, whom can zakath be paid and whom shouldnt why does syed doesnt come under zakath bracket i mean why cant we pay zakth to them,,,, i know 2 people who i feel are the needy i would further require u r assistance in view of quran as who is most deserving among the two
1-a near by relative of mine who is a patient has aproblem with his heart who needs to undergo angioplast which would cost any where b/w 1-1.2lakhs indian rupees he has arranged half the amount and he is aged 34 yrs married with 3 childrens no means of earning as he cant work due to his ill health
2-is my cousin brother who is working with his father they have huge debt left with them they are hardly making there livelihood with what they earn dependents are more than the earners but in this case they have there own house which makes me go a step behind with them but they have a sister whois yet to marry with there income its impossible for them to marry her and mycousin brother but allah is really great i have true hope he will surely open the doors for eveery body
are other people who come regurarly every year expecting something do
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Who are eligible to receive zakah
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Your Question: ,,,,whom can zakath be paid and whom shouldnt
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 that zakah should be paid to any of the above eight listed categories:
- To the poor
- To the needy
- To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
- To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
- For those in bondage
- For those in debt
- In the Cause of Allah
- To the way-farer or traveler
Allah Subhanah has Commanded and Guided the believers that Zakah must be distributed to any of the above absolutely vast eight categories only; for all other categories, one may help them through voluntary and supererogatory charity or sadaqah but not through Zakah funds.
Your Question: ..why does syed doesnt come under zakath bracket i mean why cant we pay zakth to them,,,,
The literal meaning of the Arabic term Syed is a leader, and is used in colloquial Arabic as a term for respect like Mr. or Sir in the English language.
There is no particular sect or family which is known as Syeds. This Syed term for some reason has become synonymous in the Indo-Pak region to mean a descendant of the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) and is most probably derived from the early Arab settlers who came to the Indo-Pak region and were called Syeds in respect of their Arab heritage and lineage by the local population.
There are a lot of people in the Indian Subcontinent who call themselves Syeds and connote that they are descendants of the Messenger of Allah (saws). They may or may not be the direct descendants of the Prophet (saws) or from the Banu Hashim, and Allah Subhanah Alone knows best.
The descendants of the Noble Prophet of Allah (saws) are better known as the Banu-Hashim or the Hashimites, and it would not be lawful for them to accept sadaqah or zakah funds.
The Prophet (saws) declared: "Indeed, Sadaqah ought not to be given to the family of Muhammad ..."
Related by Muslim.
Abu Hurairah reported that when the Prophets (saws) grandson, al-Hasan bin Ali (r.a.) took one date from the Sadaqah dates, the Prophet (saws) said to him: "Nay, spit it out! Don't you know that we (the family of Mohammed (saws)) cannot eat from charity?"
Related by Bukhari and Muslim.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.750 Narrated by Abu Huraira
Whenever a meal was brought to Allah's Messenger (saws), he would ask whether it was a gift or Sadaqa (something given in charity). If he (saws) was told that it was from Sadaqah, he (saws) would tell his companions to eat it, but if it was a gift, he (saws) would hurry to share it with them.
Your Question: i mean why cant we pay zakth to them,,,,
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 12 Surah Yusuf verse 104:
104 And no reward dost thou (O Prophet (saws)) ask of them for this (Message): it is no less than a Message for all creatures.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqaan verses 56-57:
56 But thee (O Prophet (saws)) We only sent to give glad tidings and admonition.
57 Say: "No reward do I ask of you for it but this: that each one who wills may take a (Straight) Path to his Lord."
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 34 Surah Saba verse 47:
47 Say (O Prophet (saws)): "No reward do I ask of you: it is (all) in your interest: my reward is only due from Allah: and He is Witness to all things."
The Messenger of Allah (saws) sought absolutely no material or worldly reward for his untiring efforts and constant striving for inviting mankind to the Truth of Al-Islam! Such was the sublime character and unequalled integrity of the Noble Prophet of Allah (saws), that not only did he (saws) forbid sadaqah for himself and his immediate family, but the Prophet (saws) forbade his whole tribe of Banu Hashim from ever accepting anything from sadaqah or zakah, lest those who chose not to believe ever even imagined that the mission of the Prophet (saws) was to obtain or collect worldly gains for himself or his family!
Your Question: ..i know 2 people who i feel are the needy i would further require u r assistance in view of quran as who is most deserving among the two
Although it is permissible for one to spend from their zakah dues on any of the above listed eight categories of eligible recipients, the Messenger of Allah (saws) said that if one gives their zakah and/or sadaqah dues unto their own near/far relatives, they would be entitled to receive a double reward for their charity.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: "Charity for the poor is rewarded as one good deed; but in the case of a relative it is considered as two: [one reward for helping] blood ties, and [the other reward for] the charity [itself]."
Related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i, and at-Tirmidhi.
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