Disposal of Khums
1843. Khums should be divided into two parts. One part is Sehme
Sadaat, it should be given to a Sayyid who is poor, or orphan, or who has become
stranded without money during his journey. The second part is Sehme Imam (A.S.),
and during the present time it should be given to a Mujtahid, who fulfils all
conditions, or be spent for such purposes as allowed by that Mujtahid. As an
obligatory precaution, that Mujtahid must be Aalam, and well versed in public
1844. An orphan Sayyid to whom Khums is given should be poor. But the
Sayyid who has been stranded without money while on journey, can be helped with
Khums even if he may not be a poor man in his own hometown.
1845. If the journey of a Sayyid who has been stranded was with the
purpose of committing a sin, as an obligatory precaution, he should not be given
1846. Khums can be given to a Sayyid who may not be A'dil, but it
should not be given to a Sayyid who is not Ithna 'Ashari.
1847. Khums should not be given to a Sayyid if he is a transgressor,
and Khums given to him encourages him further to commit the sins. And as a
precaution, Khums should not be given to a Sayyid who is a drunkard, or does not
offer his daily prayers, or commits sins openly, even if giving Khums to him may
not aid him in committing sins.
1848. If a person claims that he is a Sayyid, Khums cannot be given to
him unless two just ('Adil) persons confirm that he is a Sayyid, or if he is so
well-known among the people, (as Sayyid) that one is sure and satisfied about
him being a Sayyid.
1849. Khums can be given to a person who is known as Sayyid in his
home city, if one is not certain or satisfied about anything to the contrary.
1850. If the wife of a person is a Sayyidah, he should not, as an
obligatory precaution, give Khums to her for meeting her own expenses. However,
if it is obligatory on the wife to meet the expenses of others, and she cannot
meet them, it is permissible to give Khums to her, so that she may meet their
expenses. Similarly, one can not give Khums to her so that she may use it on her
1851. If it is obligatory on a person to meet the expenses of a Sayyid
or a Sayyidah, who may not be his wife, he cannot, on the basis of obligatory
precaution, give him/her food, dress and other essential items of subsistence
from Khums. However, there is no harm if he gives him/her a part of Khums to
meet other necessary expenses.
1852. If it is obligatory on a person to maintain a poor Sayyid, but
he cannot meet his expenses, or can meet them but does not want to do so, Khums
can be given to that Sayyid.
1853. The obligatory precaution is that a needy Sayyid should not be
given Khums in excess of his yearly expenses.
1854. If there is no deserving Sayyid in the hometown of a person, and
if he is certain or satisfied that no such person will be available in near
future, or if it is not possible to hold in safety the amount of Khums till the
availability of a deserving person, he should take the Khums to another town,
and give it to the deserving persons there, and he can deduct from Khums money
the expenses of transfer. And if Khums is lost in the transfer due to his
negligence, he should reimburse it, but if he has not failed in taking its care,
it is not obligatory on him to pay anything.
1855. If there is no deserving person in his hometown, and he is
certain or satisfied that such a person may be found in future, and it may also
be possible to look after Khums till the availability of a deserving person, the
person concerned can still take it to another town. And if despite his
carefulness, Khums is lost on the way, it will not be necessary for him to pay
anything. He cannot, however, deduct from Khums the expenses of transferring it
to the other place.
1856. Even if a deserving person is available in the home town of a
person, he can transfer Khums to another town to give it to a deserving person.
However, he himself should bear the expenses of taking Khums to the other town,
and if Khums is lost, he is responsible for it, even if he may not have been
negligent in looking after it.
1857. If a person takes Khums to another town in compliance with the
directive of the Mujtahid, and it is lost, it is not necessary for him to pay
Khums again. And the position is the same if he gives Khums to a Wakil of the
Mujtahid, and the Wakil transfers it to another place, and in the process the
Khums is lost.
1858. It is not permissible that the price of a commodity is inflated
and then it is given as Khums. And as stated in note no. 1797, it is totally
unacceptable to pay Khums from the commodity other than the one on which Khums
is liable, except in the case of money for gold and silver coins etc.
1859. If a person is the creditor of a person who is entitled to
receive Khums, and wants to adjust his debt against Khums payable by him, he
should, as an obligatory precaution, either seek the permission of a Mujtahid to
do so, or give Khums to the deserving person and thereafter, the deserving
person returns it to him towards the debt. He can also take the Wakalat from
deserving person, receive Khums on his behalf, and then deduct his debt from it.
1860. A person who is liable for Khums cannot lay a condition to the
deserving person that he would return the sum after having received it, except
when the deserving person, after having received the Khums, agrees to return it.
For example, if a person owes a large sum of Khums, and is unable to pay it
because of poverty, and does not wish to remain indebted to the deserving
people, there will be no objection if the deserving person agrees to receive
Khums from him, and then to bestow it upon him as a gift.