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  • Heavy Taxes Appointed By Government

    Posted by Mohammad Ali Soomro on February 19, 2023 at 8:13 am

    hello there my question is that Assalaam u alaykum.

    in our country there are a lot of heavy fees which feel unfair. for example a person who owns a double story house lives in the upper portion of the house and then if they want to open a shop or a clinic in the lower portion of his own house then he has to pay big amount of money to authorities for just getting it approved for commerical use and then they can open it but the electricity unit price is also increased. for what justification does the person has to pay the money for? he already bought the land and built his own house and now if he wants to earn from his house by turning it into a clinic then why must he pay additional big sums of money to just get it approved for commerical use. and we know the condition of corruption in our country. so in order to get the work done, we have to pay for approval as well and additional money for pocket of officers so that the work is properly done instead of unnecessary delays etc.

    so is a person religiously obliged to pay these taxes which are somewhat unfair? before turning it into a clinic?

    and if yes, then if the person does not have enough money to pay huge sums (in lakhs) for approval plus the additional pocket money to officers to get it done. then can they pursue earning from that clinic, and with clinic money saving some money up every month until the money for approval is generated?

    Dr. Irfan Shahzad replied 1 month, 1 week ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Heavy Taxes Appointed By Government

  • Dr. Irfan Shahzad

    Scholar February 19, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    Other than Zakat, a Muslim govt has no authority to levy any other taxes without the consent of the masses. However, when imposed, a Muslim is supposed to abide by the law for the sake of peace and law and order. however, one should raise one’s voice against such legislation.

    To pay additional money to get your work done on time is not supposed to be a sin for the one who pays it but for the one who receives it.

    If one is unable to pay the taxes or sees that after paying all the taxes one is left with nothing or meager, one may go ahead by finding ways and twists to maintain his business.

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