On page 256, Abu Rayyah quotes the following hadith under the title, “the (condition of the one who) refuses to pay zakat on the Day of Qiyamah”:
مانع الزكاة يوم القيامة يطوق بشجاع اقرع له زبيبتان يوم القيامة متفق عليه
A bald serpent which has two black dots will be placed around the neck of the one who refuses to pay zakat on the Day of Qiyamah. Reported by al Bukhari and Muslim.
Our comment: Have a look at the narrations which they consider as authentic ahadith from the Ahlul Bayt who report from their grandfather. Muhammad ibn Muslim reports from Imam al Baqir rahimahu Llah:
ما من عبد منع من زكاة ماله شيئا الا جعل الله ذلك يوم القيامة ثعبانا من نار مطوقا فى عنقه ينهش فى لحمه حتى يفرغ من الحساب و ذلك قول الله عز و جل (سَيُطَوِّقُوْنِ مَا بَخِلُوْا بِهِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ)
Whoever holds back any portion of his zakat, Allah will turn that into a serpent of fire which will be wrapped around his neck and it will bite into his flesh until his reckoning is over. This is the meaning of the statement of Allah, “Their necks will be encircled by what they withheld on the Day of Resurrection.”
In Wasa’il al Shia it is reported from Hariz who reports from Imam Jafar rahimahu Llah:
ما من ذى مال ذهب او فضة يمنع زكاة ماله الا حبسه الله يوم القيامة بقاع قرقر و سلط عليه شجاعا اقرع يريده عنه فاذا راى انه لا يتخلص منه امكنه من يده فقضمها كما يقضم الفجل ثم يثير طوقا فى عنقه
Any wealthy person, whether he possessed gold or silver who held back the zakat of his wealth will be held by Allah at an uneven plain and a bald serpent will be let upon him. It will seek it from him. When he sees that he will not escape from it, he will offer his hand to it and it will bite it like how reddish is bitten. Thereafter, it will form a ring around his neck.
Our comment: We hope Abu Rayyah is satisfied with that which they have narrated authentically from the Ahlul Bayt, who narrates from their grandfathers.
 Surah Al ‘Imran: 180.
 Man La Yahduruhu al Faqih, 2/6; Wasa’il al Shia, 6/11, Bab Tahrim Man’ al Zakat; Furu’ al Kafi, 3/504, 505, Bihar al Anwar, 7/183; Al ‘Awali, 1/84-85.
 Wasa’il al Shia, 6/10-11, the chapter of the prohibition of holding back zakat.Back to top