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Do I Have to Pay Zakat on the Money in My Company?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I have to calculate how much I have to pay in Zakat.
I have some money in my private bank account. I am owner of a car shop where we have cars for sale, and we have a bank account for the company. I can’t use the money in the company for personal use.

We are 2 owners.

Do I have to pay zakat on the cars and the money in the company?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

You need to pay zakat for your personal wealth, and your proportionate share of the company. The latter depends upon the nature of the agreement between its partners, but generally, each will be expected to pay their respective share.

As for liabilities, you may deduct any due debts and expenses. With regards to debts, it is best to deduct only the upcoming payment, yet it is permissible to deduct the entire lunar year’s worth of payments.

Note that it isn’t a requirement for zakat to deduct your liabilities. Rather, it is permissible, and if it won’t adversely affect your other needs, it is superior to give more in charity, making payments which are even more beneficial to the poor.

For assistance in calculation, please see: zakat calculator

See also: Zakat: How to Calculate & Whom to Give and: Is Your Zakat Due? – A Reader and Resources on Giving Zakat

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

Is It Permissible to Work for an Unethical Company?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

I have come across an opportunity to work at an Apple store. My concern is that I’ve seen an NBC news report about Apple’s products being made at factories where workers are treated unfairly. What is the ruling concerning accepting such a job?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

Working in an Apple store would be permitted and the income you earn from such employment would be halal. The reason for this is that your work has no direct link to the acts of exploitation, low wages, and poor working conditions that Apple as a company engages in abroad.

This is from a legal perspective. From an ethical perspective, if these accusations are proven to be true, it may sometimes be best to avoid working for such companies as an act of principled boycott. This, of course, is not something that we can enforce on individuals and nor is the issue black and white.

Of course, if you personally feel unease and concern about working for such a company, you have the choice of not working for them. If you decide otherwise, the least you should know is that the income you earn would be valid.

[Ustadh] Salman Younas

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.

Can I Cut Ties With a Muslim Friend Who Is a Bad Influence?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: Can I cut off ties with a Muslim friend? I am trying to become a better Muslim. She really angers me, she cheats on tests, lies, and swears. I tried to advise her but she doesn’t listen. Can I not talk to her anymore?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for getting in touch with us.

Good company

Abu Musa (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (upon him be blessings and peace) as saying: “The similitude of good company and that of bad company is that of the owner of musk and of the one blowing the bellows. The owner of musk would either offer you some free of charge, or you would buy it from him, or you smell its pleasant fragrance; and as for the one who blows the bellows (i.e., the blacksmith), he either burns your clothes or you smell a repugnant smell.” [Muslim]

It is extremely important for you to be with good company, as the spiritual state of those close to us inevitably rubs off on us.

You have done your part in giving her advice. You can’t control her actions, but you can control how you behave. You can reduce your closeness with her with the intention of protecting yourself. At the very minimum, return her salams.

Growth

Balance being assertive with her while choosing your battles. You’ll get better at this with practice. Please consider seeing a school/college counsellor to help you learn skills such as assertiveness and conflict resolution. As you go through life, you will continue to meet difficult people. View these challenging individuals as opportunities for your personal growth.

One of my teachers shared that people of bad character are a test of our good character.

Dua

Make dua for Allah to improve her state, to improve yours, and ask Him to send you friends who bring you closer to Him.

Please see:
Smoking Marijuana and the Importance of Keeping Good Company
Some Prophetic Supplications for Difficulty and Distress

Wassalam,
Raidah

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

“On Friendship, Brotherhood and Companionship” now online

There are spiritual advantages to our friendship. Alone we may fall prey to depression, loneliness, or temptation, Shaykh Seraj Hendricks explains in the latest installment of the Travelling Light series.

Shaykh Seraj’s exposition of Imam Ghazali’s Book 14 of the Ihya Ulum al-Din, On the Halal and Haram is now online, thanks to Classes | Travelling Light.

Human beings benefit from companionship, and the company that we keep is extremely important. Shaykh Seraj discusses the importance of fellowship for the spiritual wayfarer in the words of Imam Ghazali.

For more Travelling Light videos, please visit Nursari.

Want to develop your understanding of good character and concern for others? Try taking a FREE online course, such as The Prophetic Call: Imam Haddad’s Counsel on Calling to Allah Explained, taught by Ustadh Amjad Tarsin, Canada’s first full-time Muslim university chaplain.

Resources for Seekers

Cover photo by Craig Sunter.

Keep The Company of These Three Types of People, by Shaykh Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed-AbdoThe Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said,  “Keep the company of the elderly, ask of the scholarly and spend time with the people of wisdom.”

This advice is as relevant as ever, as Shaykh Ahmed Abdo explains.

Shaykh Ahmed Abdo was born in Sydney, Australia. His pursuit to seek traditional Islamic scholarship has taken him around the world with some of the most esteemed scholars of our time. In 2000, he embarked on a traditional journey in the Sacred Islamic Sciences through the Rihla program in Andalucia, Spain.

In 2005, Shaykh Ahmed travelled to Tarim to study with Dar al-Mustafa, a centre for traditional Islamic scholarship. It is in this environment that he would develop a richer understanding of the Islamic faith, learning from renowned Islamic scholars such as Habib Umar, Habib Ali al- Jifri, Habib Kadhim, and Shaykh Umar bin Hussain al- Khatib.

Shaykh Ahmed studied the core Islamic sciences, with a particular interest in the area of Islamic Jurisprudence.

He has travelled extensively to as an interpreter accompanying Habib Kadhim and Habib Umar for their lecture tours in South Africa, Canada and Australia.

For the past few years Shaykh Ahmed has been studying under the instruction of Shaykh Umar with a particular focus on Shafi’i Fiqh.

Most recently, (and some may have seen it in the media) Shaykh Ahmed was sworn in as a Police Muslim Chaplain. Where he hopes to meet the spiritual needs of police officers, particularly our Muslim police officers, as and when they may need it.

Can We Use a Car Provided by the Government for Personal Needs?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum

My father has been given a government car for personal use up to some specified time limit. We discharge our driver at night. In his absence, are we allowed to drive that car if it is within the specified limit of petrol usage?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

If the company has permitted you to use the car, then you can use it. What is problematic is usage without right and deception and the like.

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani