An Assortment of Cups: A Story

A group of working adults got together to visit their University lecturer. The lecturer was happy to see them. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Then, the lecturer went to the kitchen to get an assortment of cups - some porcelain, some in plastic, some in a glass, some plain looking and some looked rather expensive and exquisite.

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.

Giving Zakat to Wife?

Majority of scholars agreed that a husband can’t give zakat to his wife, because when he gives the zakat to his wife, then he no longer needs to give sustenance (nafkah) and abolish his obligation. So, the zakat’s benefit returns to him, as if he were paying for himself...