If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?

Q: If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If a person has donated their Zakah in advance either […]

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Can we still give zakat to someone if we cannot know if they are eligible or not to receive it?

Q: I want to give my zakat to relatives back in Somalia. They are calling and asking for help, telling us how hard pressed they are. I have asked my immediate family if they know whether these relatives qualify to receive zakat. They only know what they have been told by the relatives, which is […]

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Do I pay zakat on the gold that I wear?

Q:  Do I pay zakat on the gold that I wear? some people follow the opinion that you dont have to pay zakat on what you wear, only on what you save or hold? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The issue of the liability of zakat upon gold jewellery has remained a point of dispute right […]

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zakat on NHS pension contribution

Q: I am still working and not in receipt of any of he pension but continue to contribute towards the scheme on a monthly basis. Are you able to advise me whether zakat is payable on the NHS pension scheme in specific?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The NHS Pension Scheme, both pre […]

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Can I deduct my working expenses from my zakatable amount?

I work as a contractor which entails working away from home. My monthly costs for travel, hotel accommodation and food are in the region of £1000 per month. My client has recently extended my contract from the end of June 2016 to the end of December 2016. However, there is a standard 1 month notice […]

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Is zakat payable on rental income as well as on the share of property that is owned?

Q: 1 Can you please confirm that zakat is payable on rental income as well as the share of property that is owned. For example, if the annual rental income is £15,000 and the annual mortgage payment is £12,000, is zakat due on the difference (£3000 in this example) if the person hasn’t spent any money from rental […]

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If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently?

Q: If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is no Zakat payable on the land.

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Can Zakat ul Fitr only be distributed in the form of food?

Q: Is it permissible for Zakat ul Fitr to be given in the form of cash or new clothes, or must it be spent on food?  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakatul Fitr can be given in the form of cash or new clothes and does not have to be spent on food.  […]

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Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation?

Q: What is the time-period for dispensing Zakat? Is it necessary for Zakat to be allocated and spent within 1 year of receiving the donation? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakat should be distributed as soon as possible.  If there are procedural delays in the PROPER discharge of zakat which includes proprietary […]

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What do we do if the nisab rate fluctuates before our zakat anniversary date?

Q: A year ago, I passed the nisab and I took note of the date and nisab amount. Before my zakah due date, I fell below that recorded nisab, but by then the current nisab had also fallen below what I possesed (so I have less than the nisab of the very first day I became […]

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