In 9 AH, when Zakat had become obligatory, the Holy Prophet (sa) appointed various people to different parts of Arabia for its collection. Hazrat Ubayy (ra) was appointed to collect the Zakat from the tribes of Banu Bali, Banu Azar and Banu Saad. One day, Hazrat Ubayy (ra) visited a village and one of the villagers brought out all his animals before Hazrat Ubayy (ra) and stated that he could take any one of them as part of his Zakat. From among the camels, Hazrat Ubayy (ra) selected a two-year old young camel. The individual who was presenting his donation stated that this camel was of no benefit for it could neither produce milk nor be used as a mount. He recommended a different camel to Hazrat Ubayy (ra) which was much healthier and not too aged. Hazrat Ubayy (ra) replied that this was not possible as he could not go against the teachings of the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Ubayy (ra) then advised that it was better for them that they both go to Medina, which was not far from there, and present the matter before the Holy Prophet (sa) and whatever the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed, he should do accordingly. Agreeing with the suggestion of Hazrat Ubayy (ra), they both travelled to Medina with the camel and presented the entire matter before the Holy Prophet (sa). The Holy Prophet (sa) stated that if he wished to donate the bigger camel, he could do so and it would be accepted [as Zakat] and God Almighty would grant him its reward. Thus, he presented the camel to the Holy Prophet (sa) and left.