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['Aalim Network QR] Khums and Zakat


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Salamun Alaykum,

The question below was kindly answered by Mulla Asgher.

Regards

Abbas Jaffer
Moderator - 'Aalim Network

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Question:

Please answer according to the rulings of Ayat. Khameini:

If you are in the habit of paying 2.5% or more of your income monthly to
the needy, does this count as zakat or can zakat only be given once a year
and designated with the intention of "zakat"? Does zakat have to be given
to those Muslims in your local community or can it be given to a needy
Muslim in another part of the world?

Can I contribute money to the building/buying of a mosque as my khums?

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Answer:

The amount you are in a habit of paying may be considered as 
optional Zakat or charity.

Ayat Khamenei does not consider Zakat necessary on wealth.
Zakat is on the usual 9 items

1) Wheat  2) Barley  3) Dates  4) Raisins  5) Gold  6) Silver
7) Camel   8) Cow   9) Sheep and Goats

Ayat Seestani includes wealth in business as well - see Masail
1861 onwards, Islamic Laws.

Zakat should be given to the needy Shia locally if possible, otherwise
anywhere.

As for your question on Khums, the general principle for spending
the "Sehme Imam" of Khums is that you can spend it on any
such project with the permission of your Mujtahid.

Wasalaam

Asgherali M M Jaffer




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