WHAT IS USHR (THE ALMS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE)?

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Ushr means “one-tenth;” thus every single fraction of ten is called “ushr.”21 “They have not been able to reach even one tenth of what We have given”22 alludes to the shortcomings of the Meccan polytheists in their incapability of realizing their so-called power. As an Islamic concept, however, ushr, is considered to be a certain portion of agricultural produce, like zakat. Thus, in this aspect, it falls under the zakat heading. The calculation of ushr is based on the relative ease or hardship of the yield of a certain crop. Because we will scrutinize this issue further in a few chapters to come, by simply throwing a light on its cluster of benefits, for now, we will move on.

 

Senturk, Omer Faruk. “Charity in Islam” Tughra Books Press. January 2007.