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Religious Duties 2



The Obligatory Charity
Zakaa



Literal meaning:(n) purification
The As are pronounced as in "Cat".


-Concept:


One of the main things that Satan uses to bind us in slavery is "money". Many people sell their values, their families and even die for this idol, money.
As for the Submitters they know that money has no inherent power in itself, it's power comes from God, which means that if someone idolized money and made it an end in itself, God may grant him or her graet fortune, yet without His approval, which brings misery on that person instead of happiness and satisfaction.

And to help us break free from the money's hold, God prohibited gambling, as well as encouraged giving for charity.
Charity in Submission should be given from the excess [2:219], those who cannot afford are exempted from giving it.
However we must also keep in mind that this "excess" is realtive to everyone's degree of soul developement and reverence of God, God loves those who spend in the times of adversity as well as in prosperity [3:134]
One kind of charity is obligatory on those who can afford it, and is highly emphasized in Quran, it is called "Zakaa".

-Charity purifies your soul from worshiping money and material vanities,

[9:103]
Take from their money a charity to purify them and sanctify them. And encourage them, for your encouragement reassures them. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient.


-Excerpt from appendix 15, "Authorized english translation of Quran" by the messenger Rashad Khalifa

The vital importance of Zakat is reflected in God's law: "My mercy encompasses all things, but i will specify it for the righteous who give Zakat" (7:156)


-Money is only a test to see if we will get over attached to it and lose sight of its Creator or not,

[8:28] You should know that your money and your children are a test, and that GOD possesses a great recompense.


-The obligatory charity was decreed on all the Submitters starting with Abraham, passing by the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims.

[2:110] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat). Any good you send forth on behalf of your souls, you will find it at GOD. GOD is seer of everything you do.



-Method:

1- Zakaa must be given away "on the day of harvest", as soon as we recieve "net income" in any form (e.g: money or products), this practice has been distorted (the Muslims pay the Zakaa once a year) and restored through the messenger of the covenant Rashad Khalifa, this applies also to the women, who in general get their income from their husbands.

[6:141]
He is the One who established gardens, trellised and untrellised, and palm trees, and crops with different tastes, and olives, and pomegranate - fruits that are similar, yet dissimilar. Eat from their fruits, and give the due alms on the day of harvest, and do not waste anything. He does not love the wasters.


2- Zakaa is a specific amount that has been handed down from generation to generation (since Abraham), the easy Arabic expression that preserved this amount is "Rub'ul'Ushr" which means "A quarter of one tenth" which translates to 2.5 %

3- Zakaa should be given to the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling alien in this specific order.
As Rashad taught us, charities given to mosques, hospitals or organizations cannot be considered Zakaa (obligatory charity).

[2:215]
They ask you about giving: say, "The charity you give shall go to the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, and the traveling alien." Any good you do, GOD is fully aware thereof.



-Proofs, 1:

Praise be to God, He gave us a miracle (19) to reassure our hearts of anything we have doubts about, the specific amount of Zakaa is not mentioned in Quran, however the very word "Al-Zakaa" carries a confirmation of the amount 2.5%.

- (2.5%) "Rub'ul'Ushr" = "A quarter of one tenth" = TGV 1076

-"Al-Zakaah" = "Obligatory Charity" = 221          
(same value as the word "religion", "Al-Deen", thus emphasizing the function of religion, Zakaa or purification of the soul)


1076 = 19 x 45 + 221


The quotient of 19 is 45 which is the number of the only verse where the amount "One tenth" is mentioned in Quran.

[34:45]
Those before them disbelieved, and even though they did not see one-tenth of (the miracle) we have given to this generation, when they disbelieved My messengers, how severe was My retribution!

As for the second amount "One quarter", it is mentioned only in verse number [4:12],

[4:12] You get half of what your wives leave behind, if they had no children. If they had children, you get one-fourth of what they leave. All this, after fulfilling any will they had left, and after paying off all debts. They get one-fourth of what you leave behind, if you had no children. If you had children, they get one-eighth of what you bequeath. All this, after fulfilling any will you had left, and after paying off all debts. If the deceased man or woman was a loner, and leaves two siblings, male or female, each of them gets one-sixth of the inheritance. If there are more siblings, then they equally share one-third of the inheritance. All this, after fulfilling any will, and after paying off all debts, so that no one is hurt. This is a will decreed by GOD. GOD is Omniscient, Clement.

As we can see the fraction emphasized in the above verse is "one-fourth" which is mentioned twice, while one-eighth, one-sixth and one-third are only mentioned once.

The connection between the above two verses which has the specific amount of Zakaah (one fourth of one tenth) is clear from the following:

-Sura numbers: 34 + 4 = 38 = 19 x 2

-Verse numbers: 45 + 12 = 57 = 19 x 3




2-Another proof can be found in the following verse:

[70:22] Except for the worshipers.

[70:23] Who always observe their contact prayers (Salat).

[70:24] They set aside a specific portion of their money.          

[70:25] For the poor and the needy.


The term "A Specific Portion" (in Arabic, Haqqun Ma'aloum) points to the "Zakaa", the obligatory charity as per the following proofs:

-"They set aside a specific portion of their money", TGVverse = (978+165+297+162+362) = 1964

- "Zakaa" = Obligatory Charity = 221

- 1/4 x 1/10 = 2.5% = "Rub'ul'Ushr" = TGV. 1076

- "Haqqun Ma'aloum" = Specific portion = TGV. 524
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1-  TGVverse = 1964

                                      1964       +    221   = 2185 = 19 x 115
                                        "They set aside             Zakaa
                                                     a specific portion
                                                   
     of their money"

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1964       +    1076   = 3040 = 19 x 160
                                        "They set aside              A Quarter
                                                     a specific portion                  of
                                                   
     of their money"            One Tenth

               
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2- Therefore the "Specific Portion" in the scripture equals "A Quarter of One tenth":


524       +      552     =  1076
          "Specific Portion"               "Scripture"            A quarter of one tenth
                                                                        Haqqun Ma'aloum                   Al-kitaab                    Rub'ul'Ushr 
 



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