Among the more complicated inventions of the mullahs are the religious tithes or zakat taxes. The Koran never teaches anyone to collect or to pay any religious tithes called zakat. Zakat is considered the third out of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The word zakat appears over 80 times in the Koran but it has nothing to do with taxes or charity. Zakat literally means purification – NOT taxation or CHARITY. The correct word for charity in the Koran is sadaqah while nafkah means to spend also in charity.
Both sadaqah and nafkah charities are explained in the Koran.
9:58 And of them there are those who blame you with respect to the alms (sadaqah); so if they are given from it they are pleased, and if they are not given from it, lo! they are full of rage.
9:59 And if they were content with what Allah and His Apostle gave them, and had said: Allah is sufficient for us; Allah will soon give us (more) out of His grace and His Apostle too; surely to Allah do we make our petition.
9:60 Sadaqa alms are for the poor, the destitute, those who collect it, reconciling people’s hearts, freeing slaves, those in debt, spending in the way of Allah and travelers. An obligation imposed by Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
2:215 They ask you as to what they should spend (nafkah). Say: Whatever wealth you spend, it is for the parents and the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, and whatever good you do, Allah surely knows it.
2:219 They ask you about intoxicants and games of chance. Say: In both of them there is much guilt and means of profit for men, and their guilt is greater than their profit. And they ask you as to what they should spend (nafkah). Say: What you can spare. Thus does Allah make clear to you the revelations, that you may ponder.
These and many more verses in the Koran speak of sadaqah and nafkah as acts of charity. However not a single one of the 80 verses in the Koran which mention zakat define zakat as having anything to do with alms, charity, religious tithes, a 2 ½ percent rate, or ‘giving zakat’ to the parents, the poor, the orphan or the wayfarer. Zakat simply means to purify.
Here is an example of the correct rendering of the word zakat in the Koran :
19:13 And tenderness from Us and purity (ZAKATAN), and he was one who guarded (against evil)
(Arabic transliteration : Wahanaanan min ladunna wa ZAKATAN wakaana taqiyyan).
Here is a verse that mentions BOTH sadaqah (alms/charity) and zakat (purifying)
9:103 Take alms (SADAQAH) out of their property, you would cleanse them and purify them (ZAKKA) thereby, and oblige yourself upon them; surelyobliging yourself is a relief to them; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.
Zakat means to purify. Sadaqah and nafkah refer to charity and alms.
Once again zakat or ‘religious tithes’is another idea which the mullahs have plagiarised from the Bible.
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
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 because you cannot pay the money directly to god. You have to pay the priest.
Then a carrot is thrown in – bring the tithes into god’s storehouse and see if god will not throw open the floodgates of heaven. This is exactly what the mullahs say too. Pay the zakat religious tithes to the mullah and Allah will bless you with bounty.
The Koran does not specify that the mullahs should be the collectors of religious tithes or charities. In the Koran charity is to be given directly by the donors to :
“..parents and the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, and whatever good you do..”
You do not need religious tax collectors or mullahs to take money from you and then pass it to your parents, near of kin, orphans and the needy. You can do that yourself. And there is no such thing as a 2 ½ per cent zakat tax rate either. The Koran says it is up to you to give from your surplus. You decide how much.
2:219 ..And they ask you as to what they should spend (nafkah). Say: WHAT YOU CAN SPARE. Thus does Allah make clear to you the revelations, that you may ponder.
Charity must be voluntary. This creates a problem for the mullahs and the priests because if they cannot make you give them money they may go broke. Without money the churches, mosques and temples all over the world may have to shut down. Without money no one would want to be a priest or a mullah either.
The mullahs say it is obligatory to “pay zakat religious tithes” 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 mullahs have plagiarized from the Bible. This complexity of the zakat religious tithes is similar to the Bible:
[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.
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 heexchange 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 men, 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 sanctuary.
[Lev 27:4] If the person is a female, your valuation shall be thirty shekels.
[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.
The mullahs have a similar table for religious taxes for adults and children - for each member of the household. In Pakistan the mullahs have pressured the government into passing the PUNJAB ZAKAT AND USHR BILL 2012 which details the collection and distribution of zakat religious tithes.
Clearly all these non Koranic ideas are taken from the Book of Leviticus in the Bible. The mullahs even require a religious tax or zakat on land and houses. This is also 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 shall stand.
[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]
[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.
These mullahs rules of zakat reflect the complex biblical rules on religious tithes. Surely the Bible precedes the mullahs. None of this is in the Koran. Taxes are needed to manage any nation or people but the Koran does not mention any type of religious taxes. There is no such thing as obligatory zakat religious taxes in the Koran. The mullahs plagiarised the idea from the Bible.