Name:

Yasser

Country:

UK

Date:

23/07/2013 A.D 15/9/1434 H

Subject:

Salam Alaikum
Please tell me why it is that Zakat is mentioned many times in the Holy Quran and Khums only once or twice? And what is it that makes us think that Khums, not Zakat, applies to cash. One could equally argue that Zakat, not Khums, applies to cash. Where is the proof? Thank you

Answer:

The Ayah concerning Khums is clear, and it says: “And know that whatever thing you gain, a fifth of it is for Allah and for the Messenger and for the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if you believe in Allah and in that which We revealed to Our servant, on the day of distinction, the day on which the two parties met; and Allah has power over all things” (08: 41), while the Ayah concerning the Alms (Zakat) states: “Alms are only for the poor and the needy, and the officials (appointed) over them, and those whose hearts are made to incline (to truth) and the (ransoming of) captives and those in debts and in the way of Allah and the wayfarer; an ordinance from Allah; and Allah is knowing, Wise” (09: 60). Therefore, since there is a separate and distinct Ayah talking about Khums, then this is sufficient. The other Ayahs that talk about the alms actually address the obligatory and recommended giving out of charity. In addition, there are also the Ayahs that talk about spending in the cause of Allah, which also talks about a dutiful spending from one’s money.