Originally Posted by mogamadza
Further to your post about a strategic way of implementing this, let me make a few points. First, the key to the entire matter is always in the deen and in the worship of Allah, and in this case specifically in the zakah.
If we restore the single concept that the zakah is an act of worship just like the salah, and not merely a social measure to alleviate poverty, then we are on the royal road to success. That is because once we are clear that it is an act of worship, then it must follow the same rules as worship in that it must be done as the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, did it, and as the Rightly Guided Khulafa did it, and as transmitted by the four schools of fiqh.
Now this means that it has to be paid with gold and silver. No one in the classical history of Islam before the colonial era has ever allowed it to be paid with anything else.
Now we Muslims have a third currency after gold and silver, which is the flous. We have had that since the earliest days, and both Imam Malik and Imam Abu Hanifah spoke about it and gave rulings for dealing with it. This is the small currency of copper nickel coinage, whose value is less than half a dirham and which is used for small transactions for which gold and silver are too large as denominations. This has rules in the fiqh.
The Imams except for Imam Abu Hanifah agreed that it is not estimated among a person's wealth when they assess their nisab, except for traders who are dealing in it a great deal. All of them agreed that you cannot pay zakah with flous. Indeed, the authors of the books of the Waqf Ihlas in Turkey quote Imam Abu Yusuf in his Kitab al-Kharaj as instructing Harun ar-Rashid that he must not collect zakah in flous.
Once we have certainty on this point, then the Muslims as a nation will begin to pay their zakah in gold and silver. That is the only starting point for the return of gold and silver among us. And Allah knows best.
Wal asr innal insaana lafi Gusr
Seeing as we dealing with two Moulana Imran's I suggest we qualify their names in the future. For the records your are refereing to Moulana Imran Vawda, while I am refering to the work of Moulana Imran Hosein.
Originally Posted by abuhajira
Insha Allah, I hope to hear from you soon, even if you do not find the answer. As As we are specialists, Tuesday 4th should give us all enough time to have thought about this in reference to our knowlege on the subject.
I shall revisit it then , insha Allah!