Zakat for Cows

Hi all readers! One source of zakat is cows. The point is, if there is someone who has many cows, he must pay Zakat. If he does not pay zakat, then he is a sinner. But there are some important things that we should know about.

As usual, before I explain this article further, I will quote one hadith that specifically relates to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ مُعَاذٍ بْنِ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ : أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بَعَثَهُ إِلَى الْيَمَنِ فَأَمَرَهُ أَنْ يَأْخُذَ مِنْ كُلِّ ثَلَاثِيْنَ بَقَرَةً تَبِيْعًا أَوْتَبِيْعَةً , وَمِنْ كُلِّ أَرْبَعِيْنَ مُسَنَّةً , وَمِنْ كُلِّ حَالِمٍ دِيْنَارًا – عَدَلُهُ مُعَافِرِيًّا – . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةُ

From Mu’adz bing Jabal radliyallahu ‘anhu, that the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam had sent him to go to Yemen. He told Mu’adz to take one male calf or one female calf as zakat for every thirty cows, and one female cow older than two years as zakat for every forty cows, and one Dinar as tax from each adult —or according to the price of clothes.” The hadith is narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, Ibn Majah).

There are some important things that we should know about the above hadith;

First; The hadith explains about zakat for cows and their levels.

Second; If a person has thirty cows, he must pay zakat in the form of one male calf or one female calf. If he has forty cows, he must pay zakat in the form of a female cow which is over two years old. But if he only has twenty-nine cows, he is not obliged to sacrifice zakat.

Third; What is meant by tax from every adult is tax that is taken from every non-Muslim male adult, not from women and young children. That is the rule of Islam in ancient times. The regulation cannot be applied at this time because the context is different.

That is a brief explanation of this theme. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 222-223.


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