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?
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A: Zakat should be distributed as soon as possible. If there are procedural delays in the PROPER discharge of zakat which includes proprietary transfer to and possession of the recipient then this can be acceptable. However, zakat will be discharged only when received by the recipient.