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About Joe Bradford

About Joe Bradford

Joe is a structuring advisor for a major real estate development firm, specializing in Shariah compliant investment vehicles. He runs a financial advisory. He is the founder of Muslim Money Guide and also blogs at joebradford.net.

Do I pay Zakat on my sports car?

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E-Nisab.com is a great site, and one that I frequently refer to. Today I noticed that they had posted this on their twitter account:

The link provided refers back to Darul Fiqh’s site, where Maulana Faraz ibn Adam responds (referencing Rad al-Muhtar):

Any personal belonging for personal use such as a house, car, refrigerator and the like are not subject to zakāt. Even if it is surplus to requirements, zakāt is not due on such an item. Thus, there is no zakāt due on the sports car in reference.[i]

I would just add that one caveat to this general fatwa is that if and when a person using luxury items for the storage of value as a means to Zakat evasion, then these items become zakatable as well. During the time of Omar (May Allah be pleased with him) people purchased horses and slaves and claimed an exemption from Zakat due to texts negating any zakat liability on slaves and horses. Omar looked past the letter of the law, and held them liable for zakat.

What was his legalistic reasoning for doing so?

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Review – Fiqh Az Zakat: A Comparative Study: The Rules, Regulations and Philosophy of Zakat in the Light of the Quran and Sunna

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Fiqh Az Zakat: A Comparative Study: The Rules, Regulations and Philosophy of Zakat in the Light of the Quran and SunnaFiqh Az Zakat: A Comparative Study: The Rules, Regulations and Philosophy of Zakat in the Light of the Quran and Sunna by Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve read the Arabic edition of this book, so i cannot comment on the quality of translation here. This is regarded as the author’s seminal work on Islamic law, as well as a first reference for both classical and modern issues related to zakat law.
His coverage of issues is encyclopedic, but while the author attempts to tackle many issues on this topic there are some apparent drawbacks:
1- His methodology in discussing nuances and details of some issues is selective at times, not to say that the quotes he provides or the references given do not represent authorities on those particular issues, but the lack of sufficient referencing leaves one wanting, especially if the issue at hand is one particular to a certain scholar of the past or school of Islamic law.
2- At times appeals to authority are used for legitimizing legal stances, and not enough analysis is done to challenge problematic issues found in medieval works of Islamic law.
3- The mainstay of the author is three medieval works: Al-Mughni of Ibn Qudamah, al-Majmu of al-nawawi, and al-Amwal of Abu Ubaid. al-Mabsut of al-Sarakhsi is covered as well. These works span 3 schools (Hanbali, Shafi, and Hanafi respectively) as well as the independent reasoning of Abu Ubaid, a 4th century jurist. I cannot at this time recall a Maliki source that was called on as frequently as these previous ones.

All in all it is a good work for the time in which is was written, however research in this area must continue to help move Islamic legal works away from the defective induction that many pre-modern and modern works rely upon.

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Legal tools for Zakat & charitable giving

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Giving zakat?
Managing fitra funds?
Donating money abroad?
Legal tools to help you do good.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims turn their attention to spiritual renewal and zakat, or charitable giving.  When giving zakat, it is very important to comply with U.S. laws and regulations.  To assist donors, mosques and non-profits, Muslim Advocates has created the following resources, which contain critical information about legal requirements and best practices when engaging in charitable giving:
Giving zakat?
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Sign up to learn more about a Muslim Advocates conference call with legal and tax experts during Ramadan to help guide your decisions.
Please forward this email to your family, friends, and community leaders.
Help them get access to the tools and information they need to do good and comply with the law.

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