CHAPTER 18 THE FALSE NOTION THAT ZAKAT MEANS RELIGIOUS TITHES
CHAPTER 18 THE FALSE NOTION THAT ZAKAT MEANS RELIGIOUS TITHES
Among the more complicated inventions of the Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah is the zakat taxes or religious tithes. Once again this is a strange concept to the
Quran. The Quran never teaches anyone to collect or to pay any religious
taxes or religious charity called zakat.
The word zakat appears over 80 times in the Quran but it has nothing to do
with taxes or charity. Zakat literally means purification – NOT taxation or
CHARITY. The correct words for charity in the Quran are sadaqah and nafkah.
Sadaqah is explained in much detail in the Quran (how much, who gets it
etc). But there is no such detail for paying zakat as charity or paying zakat as taxes in the Quran.
Once again this is an idea which the Ahlul Sunnah have stolen from the
Bible. Here are some Biblical references :
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we
robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." (Mal.3:8)
So if you do not pay your religious tithes, you are robbing God, says the
Bible. A clever way of making sure the priests get their money.
Some Bible commentators say, “The tithe is the tenth of one's income, which
the righteous have always devoted to the Lord. Some teach that tithing
belonged only to the time of the Law of Moses, therefore, does not apply to
the Church. Yet, long before the Law was ever given, we read that Abraham -
the Biblical "type" of the believer - paid tithes to Melchizedek, the type
of Christ (Ps.110). "If Abraham were your father, ye would do the works of
Abraham" , said Jesus in John 8:39”
So according to the Bible the righteous should pay the Lord his tithes or
zakat payments. The Bible has more details about the payment of taxes to
‘The Lord’. Of course you cant pay the money directly to God. You pay the
priest in the church.
This is similar to what the Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah say too. They have developed complex rules of zakat religious tithes. The Ahlul Sunnah say “Zakat is obligatory when a certain amount of money, called the nisab is reached or exceeded. Zakat is not obligatory if the amount owned is less than this nisab. The nisab (or minimum amount) of gold and golden currency is 20 mithqal, this is approximately 85 grams of pure gold. One mithqal is approximately 4.25 grams. The nisab of silver and silver currency is 200 dirhams, which is approximately 595 grams of pure silver. The nisab of other kinds of money and currency is to be scaled to that of gold, 85 grams of pure gold. This means that the nisab of money is the price of 85 grams of 999-type (pure) gold, on the day in which Zakat is paid”.
According to the Ahlul Sunnah it is obligatory to pay Zakat on the following things:
1. Wheat , Barley Dates , Raisins , Gold , Silver , Camel , Cow ,
Sheep (including goat)
2. As an obligatory precaution, upon the wealth in business
And if a person is the owner of any of these ten things he should, in
accordance with the conditions which will be mentioned later, put their
fixed quantity to one of the uses as prescribed. On the basis of
obligatory precaution, Zakat should be paid on Sult, which is a soft, grain
like wheat with the property of barley and on 'alas, which is like wheat,
and is the food of the people of San'a (Yemen).“
This is the concept of religious tithes which the Ahlul Sunnah have plagiarized from the Christian Bible. Again the complexity of the zakat religious tithes is too similar to what is written in the Bible about religious tithes :
[Lev 27:30] "All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or
of the fruit of the trees, is the LORDs; it is holy to the LORD. [Lev 27:31]
If a man wishes to redeem any of his tithe, he shall add a fifth to it. [Lev
27:32] And all the tithe of herds and flocks, every tenth animal of all that
pass under the herdsman's staff, shall be holy to the LORD.
[Lev 27:33] A man shall not inquire whether it is good or bad, neither shall
he exchange it; and if he exchanges it, then both it and that for which it
is exchanged shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed." The Bible has more
details on the computation of religious taxes for example how much silver to
pay for different people (adults, old man, children etc)
[Lev 27:3] then your valuation of a male from twenty years old up to sixty
years old shall be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the
[Lev 27:4] If the person is a female, your valuation shall be thirty
[Lev 27:5] If the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, your
valuation shall be for a male twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
[Lev 27:6] If the person is from a month old up to five years old, your
valuation shall be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female your
valuation shall be three shekels of silver.
[Lev 27:7] And if the person is sixty years old and upward, then your
valuation for a male shall be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
According to Ahlul Sunnah they have a similar table for religious taxes
for adults and children. Every year before the Eidul Fitr prayers, the
Ahlul Sunnah rush to pay their ‘zakat fitrah’ for each member of their
household. This is taken from the Bible – Leviticus.
The Ahlul Sunnah are also required to pay a religious tax or zakat on their land and houses. Again this is taken from the Bible:
[Lev 27:14] "When a man dedicates his house to be holy to the LORD, the
priest shall value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it
[Lev 27:15] And if he who dedicates it wishes to redeem his house, he shall
add a fifth of the valuation in money to it, and it shall be his.
[Lev 27:16] "If a man dedicates to the LORD part of the land which is his by
inheritance, then your valuation shall be according to the seed for it; a
sowing of a homer of barley shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver.
[Lev 27:17] If he dedicates his field from the year of jubilee, it shall
stand at your full valuation;
[Lev 27:26] "But a firstling of animals, which as a firstling belongs to the
LORD, no man may dedicate; whether ox or sheep, it is the LORDs. [Lev 27:27]
And if it is an unclean animal, then he shall buy it back at your valuation,
and add a fifth to it; or, if it is not redeemed, it shall be sold at your
[Lev 27:28] "But no devoted thing that a man devotes to the LORD, of
anything that he has, whether of man or beast, or of his inherited field,
shall be sold or redeemed; every devoted thing is most holy to the LORD.
As stated above these complex rules of religious tithes in the Bible are too similar to the complex rules of zakat which the Sunnis have worked out. Thay have copied it from the Bible. Truly the Ahlul Sunnah and Shiah are the best Christians. They follow what is written in the Bible. They do not follow what is written in the Quran.
The Sunni Christians say : “If a person remains the owner of cow, sheep,
camel, gold and silver for 11 months, the payment of Zakat becomes
obligatory for him from the first of the 11th month; but he should calculate
the beginning of the new year after the end of the 12th month”.
Other details on zakat by the Sunnis is as follows:
“Payment of Zakat on wheat and barley becomes obligatory when they
are recognised as wheat and barley. And Zakat on raisins becomes obligatory
when they call them grapes. And Zakat on dates becomes obligatory when Arabs
call it Tamar. However, the time for determining the taxable limit, and
payment of Zakat on wheat and barley is when they are threshed, and grains
are separated from chaff; and the time for payment of Zakat on raisins and
dates is when they are plucked. This is also known as the time of drying
Once again this is Sunnism plagiarized from the Bible. It comes directly from the Christian Bible. There is no such thing as zakat taxes or zakat charity in the Quran which was revealed to the Prophet. The Ahlul Sunnah have plagiarised
these Christian ideas from the Christian Bible and try to pass it off as the prophet’s teachings.