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Zakat Is Obligatory Every Lunar Year. by Taamas111 (m): 5:25pm on January 11
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

We muslims are giving zakah every year & we
know it is obligatory, one of my friend
questioned why we have to give every year ,
where it is written??As per him It is once in
a life. Please give the evidences from Quran
& Hadith for supporting that zakah has to
give yearly basis. Abdurrazzaque

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.
Over the last fourteen centuries, the Muslims
did not differ that Zakat must be paid every
lunar year if it fulfils the conditions of Zakat.
Moreover, the scholars did not differ
about this issue until some ignorant people
like your friend came up with the view that
Zakat is only obligatory once in a lifetime.

The Prophet said: " There shall come
deceptive years. The truthful shall be deemed
liars, while the liars shall be believed. The
honest shall be deemed dishonest, while the
dishonest shall be deemed honest. (And) the
Ruwaybidhah will speak in these times." The
companions , may Allah be pleased with
them, asked: "What is Ruwaybidhah O
Messenger of Allah?" He replied: "It is an
insignificant man who shall speak on behalf
of the general masses. " [Ahmad and Ibn
Therefore, the above narration applies to
people like your friend, and the term
"Ruwaybidhah " applies to these ignorant
people who speak about great matters of

Indeed, there is evidence from the Book of
Allah, the Sunnah of the Prophet and
the consensus of the scholars that
Zakat must be paid every year.
Allah Says about the Zakat on the crops
(what means): {And pay the due thereof (its
Zakat, according to Allah's Orders) on the
day of its harvest.} [Quran 6:141].
It is also confirmed that the Prophet
said: " If a person does three things, he will
indeed find the sweetness of faith: (1) If one
worships Allah Alone without associating with
Him any partners and knows that none has
the right to be worshipped but Allah, and (2)
pays the Zakat of his wealth as a purification
for himself to be enabled to pay it every
year,….. " [Abu Daawood & Al-Albaani].
Ibn Hazm said: " The Zakat must be
paid every year for camels, cows, sheep (and
goats), and gold and silver (currencies) ,…and
there is no difference of opinion among the
scholars , about this at all."

Therefore, your friend should stop issuing
Fataawa and talking on issues of the religion
of Allah without knowledge, and he should
seek Allah's forgiveness and repent to Him
before he dies.
Allah Knows best.


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