KHUMS – an Islamic Tax

//KHUMS – an Islamic Tax

KHUMS – an Islamic Tax


By Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi

An easy to understand explanation and guide on the concept of khums. Includes calculation forms, detailed information, FAQs & more.

SKU: 978-0-920675-15-1 Category:


Khums is an issue every practicing Shi’ah must deal with once a year. The need for an easy to understand, yet comprehensive guide has been felt for years. Especially now more than ever, with the financial complexities of our world today. This book hopes to fill that void, since its first publication in 1984. The most popular aspect of this book is the khums calculation form, which provides easy to use, step-by-step instructions on calculating your khums for the year.

This 4th edition includes numerous revisions and expansions, including: the history and usage of khums during the time of the Prophet and Imams, the moral and political aspects of khums, updated examples and rulings, practical and common issues for those living in the West, frequently raised questions, and much more. The book also reflects rulings based on various prominent maraji’ in order to cater to as many muqallidin as possible.

Previous versions of this book have been well received, as well as prompting insightful feedback from communities around the globe. It has been reprinted in Iran and Pakistan, translated into various languages, has had excerpts published in magazines, has been incorporated in other publications, and has been the basis for countless other seminars, booklets, and calculation forms.

Some overall topics and features include:

  • Discussing the Islamic economic system
  • Khums in the Qur’an and history
  • Defining khums, income, surplus, expenses, etc
  • Various rulings and common situations
  • The distribution of khums
  • Some thoughts on khums and society
  • Calculation forms and guidelines

Be sure to also check out this seminar and Q&A session on Khums, by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi. It covers:

  • The meaning behind the concept of Khums
  • Items upon which khums is wajib
  • When do you pay khums?
  • What is surplus? What is profit? What is income?
  • What is exempt from khums?
  • What are savings?
  • What are allowable expenses?
  • What to do with debt?
  • Insurance premiums
  • Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP)
  • Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)
  • Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA)
  • Private Company Pension Plans
  • Life Insurance (Whole and Term) Premiums
  • Critical Illness Insurance Premiums
  • Saving for the future
  • Child allowance
  • Saving for a home
  • Home equity
  • Dowry
  • Unused items
  • Gifts
  • Business inventory and property
  • Division of Khums
  • Q&A session

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If you have any questions or scenarios which aren’t covered in the book or the seminar, feel free to message us for further details using the contact page, or emailing us at the address at the bottom of the page.

ISBN 9780920675151. Copyright 2014, Al-Ma’arif Publications, All rights reserved.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 21.5 x 14 x 0.5 cm



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