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?
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A: Once maternity pay is received the recipient becomes owner of the same. As it is not a loan it will be eligible for zakat. If it becomes returnable in the future it will become a debt and so be deductible from zakatable assets for future zakat calculations until it is repaid.