Do I have to pay zakah on a loan that won’t be repaid to me?

Q: Do I have to pay zakāh on a loan that won’t be repaid to me? If a lender has lost all hope of recovering his loan how should he treat the outstanding amount for the purposes of zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: If a lender has lost all […]

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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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Is a mentally disabled person exempt from paying zakat?

Q: I have a query regarding whether my mother has to pay zakah on her wealth. My mother has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and the assessments by mental health professionals have concluded that she lacks mental capacity to manage her personal and financial affairs. I have applied and have been successful in being granted the […]

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Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation?

Q:  Does the Al-Qalam Scholars Panel supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation? ‎الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The Al-Qalam Scholars Panel (Al-Qalam) does not currently supervise or certify the zakat policies of National Zakat Foundation (NZF). The supervisory relationship between Al-Qalam and NZF existed from 2012 until 2016 […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on money that I have only had in my possession for 2 months?

Q: Do I have to pay zakāh on money that I have only had in my possession for 2 months? I am a retired government servant and receive a pension. Besides this, the only other source of my income is rent I receive from a house. I live in another house which I own. I […]

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Does Zakah need to be paid on maternity pay that may need returning?

Q: Does Zakah need to be paid on maternity pay that may need returning if one can’t go back to work and hence has been kept aside? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Once maternity pay is received the recipient becomes owner of the same.  As it is not a loan it will […]

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Can we use zakat fund to pay off university fees?

Q: Is it permissible for someone to give zakat to a student to pay their uni fees, if that student does not possess nisab, and lives at parent’s home, who pay for all living expenses. Also can people of a family pay zakat into a trust fund to be used for uni fees for their […]

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Do students have to pay zakah on money from a student loan, if they have it in their possession?

Q: Do students have to pay zakāh on money from a student loan, if they have it in their possession? For e.g. a person took out tuition fee loan and maintenance loan (not grant) which roughly comes to about £6000. From that, £3000 is automatically taken by the university i.e. tuition fee which leaves a […]

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Can Zakat be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation?

Q. Can Zakāt be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation? Can this fall under the category of ‘debtors’ as the individual needs to pay this money for the operation in order to survive? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A. Zakāt can be given only if […]

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Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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