The best days for voluntary Sawm and the best months for paying Zakaah

Question: Which days are most recommendable to observe voluntary Sawm (Fast) and which months are most recommendable to pay Zakaah (obligatory charity)?

Answer: The most recommendable days to observe voluntary Sawm are Mondays, Thursdays, the White Days (13th, 14th, and 15th of every Hijree [lunar] month), the first ten days of Thul-Hijjah, especially the Day of `Arafah (9th of Thul-Hijjah), the 10th of Muharram along with one day before or after it, and the six days of Shawwaal... read more here.

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Should we pay Zakaah on money saved for marriage?

Question 32: A man has had some money for one lunar year, but he has been saving it to get married. Is Zakaah due on this money?

Answer: Zakaah is due on this money as it meets the conditions for the obligation of Zakaah. Wanting to use this money for marriage cannot be used as an excuse for not paying the Zakaah… read more here.

Zakaah on Gold worn by women as adornment

Question 31: I would like Your Eminences to tell me, and other Muslims, about the Zakaah (obligatory charity) that is due on gold or on gold and silver jewelry that is intended for use as an adornment and not as an investment. Some people say there is no Zakaah due on gold and silver jewelry that is intended for wearing, while others say that Zakaah is due on it whether it is intended for adornment or investment. They claim that the Hadeeth stipulating the obligation of Zakaah on it when it is intended for wearing are stronger than those stipulating there is no due Zakaah. Please send me a clear written Fatwaa, and may Allaah reward you for serving Islaam and Muslims!

Answer: Muslim scholars agree that it is obligatory to pay Zakaah on gold and silver jewelry that is not to be worn, or is bought for trading or similar purposes, but if it is jewelry that can be used for adornment or lending, such as silver rings or women’s jewelry, or what is permitted from decorative weapons, the scholars have differed over the obligation of Zakaah on this… read more here.

Zakaah due on grains and rice

Question 8: What is the minimum possible Nisaab (the minimum amount on which Zakaah is due) on grains, rice and so on? How much of them should be given for a person who deserves Zakaah (obligatory charity)?

Answer: Nisaab of Zakaah on grains such as wheat, barley, corn, and rice is five Wasqs (1 Wasq = 60 Saa`s =130,320 kg), where a Saa` is equal to four Mudds (a dry measure of half bushel, 543 grams) according to the measuring of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and it is also equal to four hundred and… read more here.

Ruling on the Muslim who refuses to pay Zakaah (the lunar “charity”)

Question 1: What is the ruling on a man/woman who testifies that there is no God but Allaah and offers the Salaah (prayer), but does not pay the Zakaah? As this person refuses to pay the Zakaah, should Funeral Prayer be offered for them when they die?

Answer: Zakaah is one of the pillars of Islaam and if one gives it up, denying that it is obligatory, then its rulings should be explained to them. If however they still refuse to pay the Zakaah, they are considered to be a disbeliever and after they die, Funeral Prayer should not be offered for them nor should they be buried in the Muslim graveyards. However, if one abandons paying Zakaah out of miserliness while… read more here.