Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects?

Q: Is it permissible to use Zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not permissible to use zakat to fund qard hasan, microfinance initiatives or invest into waqf projects as none of these avenues satisfy the requirement of proprietary transfer […]

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Why does one need to pay Zakat on a pension plan if one does not get access till later?

 Q:  I have recently setup a SI pension plan account where I can manage the investment but the principal and the gains are not available to me till the age of 55. Is the investment value still zakatable in the years leading up to age 55?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: […]

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Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?

  Q: Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives? Most spouses would have joint finances and liabilities or would treat theirs as such. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakāt is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly […]

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What should a charity do with interest (riba), and income generated from interest, that it receives?

Q: What should a charity do with interest (riba), and income generated from interest, that it receives? Our charity receives Haram Interest from individuals & business. Whilst that is sitting in the charity’s Islamic bank accounts what is the status of the (halal) return generated? Does it have the same restrictions as the Interest capital? […]

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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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