ZAKAT A MANDATORY REQUIRED NOT PAID BY MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS. THEY CONFUSE IT WITH FITRANA
By Dr. H. Koya
The question of Zakat has been raised by many Muslims on Facebook comments. I have posted the answers in various pieces from which I wish to put a collective views here in one article.
There are five (5) essential, mandatory requirements in Islam.
1 The Declaration of faith that THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND MUHAMMAD IS HIS MESSENGER.
2. NAMAZ – the observance of 5 daily prayers.
3. ZAKAT – payment of Islamic (tax).
4. RAMADAN – fasting in the month of Ramadan
5. Hajj – pilgrimage of Mecca.
This is the sum total of Islam and that’s what it takes to be a Muslim.
While it is easy for majority of Muslims to observe four of the principles, the Zakat is one essential that is violated by over 95% of Muslims in the world.
The general practice among the mainstream Muslims is to pay Fitrana on Eid ul Fitar after Ramadan once a year and feel relieved of the duty of paying Zakat.
They are confusing Zakat with Fitrana when it is clear that they are two different things. Zakat and Fitrana is calculated differently.
Zakat, in case of wage earners is at least 1/15th of the take home pay every month. A certain percentage is also payable on fixed assets like Real Estate (property tax) and income from business etc. There are different calculations for them
However, most common is our income, our paycheck. According Zakat rule we must pay to the Islamic Monetary system called BAITUL MAAL
This banking system, the IMF for Muslims, was started by the Holy Prophet of Islam and continued till the fall of Caliphate and then eventually disappeared. After the fall, the money paid as Zakat in some countries ended up in the hands of corrupt clerics who devoured them for personal use.
BAITUL MAAL is nonexistence among the mainstream Muslims which raises excuses for non payment as well lack of a system to direct funds to a centralized monetary mechanism. It is, therefore, of utmost urgency for all Muslims to set up BAITUL MAAL.
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s Central Monetary system
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, international, has by far the best monetary system that serves as BAITUL MAAL for them. Every one pays a fixed rate every month and funds are channeled to a central account. All counts are monitored at national as well as international level.
In over 182 countries, we are talking about thousands (if not millions) of dollars of funds every month with which mosques, hospitals, schools, Holy Quran, publications, MTA TV Station 24/7 and all administrative costs are borne.
There is no way a large section of the Muslim population will wake up to this need, the key to their security, unity and progress.
This is only possible through a Divine Leader, a Mujadid (Imam) raised by Allah every 100 years to guide the Muslims right.
In this 14th Century Islam, Allah appointed Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad as the most awaited Imam Mahdi to guide the whole world towards Him for peace, unity and progress.
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