Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Khums: A Support for Financial Independence, part 1

In this paper, Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi examines the impact of khums on meeting the financial needs of the Muslim society.  He tackles the arguments made by those who oppose khums as envisaged in Shi‘i jurisprudence. He studies the issue by 1) defining necessary terminology, 2) using Qur’anic verses, 3) quoting exegetes, and 4) referring to Sunni and Shi‘a narrations regarding khums.  In doing so, khums is proven to refer to more than war booties in the Qur’an and that it has undeniably been collected by the Prophet (S), Imams (A), and the Caliphs. The Message of Thaqalayn has revised and summarised the English translation of this paper by Bahador Shirazian. 


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