Kitab Al-Kasb Series (Part 22): The Obligatoriness of Conveying Knowledge and Delivering It to People.

And Imam Muhammad Ibn Al-Hasan Al-Shaybani says, "Just as the quest for knowledge is obligatory, the conveying of knowledge is also obligatory, for the occupation of the person of knowledge with practising it is fair, while practising contrary to it is repugnant; hence teaching is enjoining what is fair and forbidding what is repugnant, and this is obligatory on this Community (ummah)." Allah says, "You are the best community brought out for humankind; you enjoin what is fair and forbid the repugnant" [Al-Quran, Surah Ali-'Imran, verse 110]...

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 21): The Obligatoriness of the Quest for Knowledge.

The explanation of the obligatoriness of the quest for knowledge in the statement of the Prophet, "The quest for knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim" [Narrated by Ibn Majah], is that the meaning refers to the knowledge of actual circumstance, in accord with the saying, "The best knowledge is knowledge of actual circumstance, and the best vocation is preservation of wealth."

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 20): Is Commerce Superior or Farming?

Thereafter, our scholars disagree on the relative merits of commerce and farming. Some of them say that commerce is superior because of the statement of Allah, "And others travelling the land seeking the bounty of Allah and others fighting for the sake of Allah" [Al-Quran, surah Al-Muzammil, verse 20]. The meaning of "travelling the land" is commerce, and Allah gives precedence to it in mention over jihad, which is the hump peak of the religion and the way of the Messengers....

Kitab Al-Kasb (Part 19): Agriculture is Not At All Reprehensible

Some jurisprudents say that agriculture is reprehensible due to what has been narrated that the Prophet saw something of the implements of ploughing in the house of a people, and he said, "None of these enters a people's house except that they become debased" [Narrated by al-Bukhari]. The Prophet was asked about the statement of Allah, "If you obeyed those who scoff, they would turn you back on your heels' [Al-Quran, surah Ali Imran verse, 149]; 'Is it about al-ta'arrub?' He said, 'No, but it is agriculture (al-zira'ah).'" [Hadith linked to Ali, narrated by Ibn Abi Hatim]. Al-ta'arrub is dwelling in the desert and abandoning emigration (a reference to the life of the Bedouin)....

Zakat on Rented Land?

Based on one view, zakat is obligated on land and its output when land is rented to the farmer for a given amount of money or any commodity. It (the 10% or 5%) becomes due from the owner, according to Abu Hanifah. He argues that zakat, though usually collected from the output, is, in fact, a levy on the land. In renting, the land remains owned by the owner and not by the user, and since zakat is a charge on the land, similar to kharaj (a type of individual Islamic tax on agricultural land), it is the owner’s responsibility to pay it. Renting is like farming, a sort of increase in the land, and out of this increase zakat is paid [Refers Al-Mughni and Fathul Qadir] While, from another view, which the opinion of the majority is that zakat is changed to the renter on the grounds that zakat is a levy on the output and not on the land. Consequently, the owner of the output is responsible for zakat. It becomes obvious to us, along with Ibn Rushd, that there is a difference in the concept of zakat.