Q&A Fatawa

Is Zakat payable on wealth not held in possession for the entire year?

Q: In the beginning of the year 2014 my husband and I were looking to purchase our first home.We are currently renting privately. I had about £50,000 savings. We both work full time and our salaries were going to contribute to the eventual purchase (as it takes about 12-16 weeks for completion and all monies […]

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Am I allowed to give zakat to my husband’s mother?

Q: My husband’s family live abroad, they are not well off at all and his mother needs cancer medicine.  I think his father would have savings above the nisab (and not be eligible for zakat) but his mother on her own doesn’t have her own savings, would it be permissible to give my zakat directly […]

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Zakat on real estate assets listed as “for sale or let”

Q: My question is how should real estate assets which are on the market as “for sale or let” be treated in realtion to zakah. Are they to be treated as trade stock or as rental stock? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: This all depends upon the intention with which the real […]

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Can we deduct the deposit due (e.g. for purchase of a house) and stamp duty from zakat calculation?

Q: 1. Before the start of Ramadhan, we agreed on the purchase of a house from Al-Rayan Bank. The property price has already been agreed and the solicitors are already involved with paperwork Insha’Allah to go through soon. I have money in my bank account but of course I am also liable to pay to the […]

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Please explain which descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad are not allowed to receive zakah?

Q: Please explain which descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s)are not allowed to receive zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: It is actually not the descendants of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s)that are prohibited from receiving Zakat but rather certain descendents of Banu Hashim of whom the Holy Prophet […]

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Is is permissible to give Zakāt to pay off ones debts by giving the Zakāt to the creditor directly with the permission of the Zakah recipient?

Q: Is is permissible to give Zakah to pay off ones debts by giving the Zakah to the creditor directly with the permission of the Zakah recipient?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is sufficient for the discharge of Zakah to give the Zakah directly to the creditor of an eligible recipient if it […]

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Is disbursing Zakāt funds for freeing of prisoners and covering their legal costs or family needs deemed permissible usage of these monies?

Q: Can we give Zakāt funds to free prisoners? Also can Zakāt funds be used to help finance their legal costs as there is no ‘ransom’ pay for most prisoners nowadays?  Can we give Zakāt funds to their families left behind alone with no breadwinner?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب    A:  The freeing of prisoners […]

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How is Zakat paid on a ‘committee’ scheme between several individuals?

Q: How is Zakat paid on a ‘committee’ scheme between several individuals? I am currently calculating my Zakat for this year and wanted to know how we deal with a ‘committee’ which is a type of loan which is interest free, where there are a number of members and each member pays a certain amount and […]

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From my Zakat amount, may I deduct rent for upcoming months that is due now or that is imminently due?

Q: From my Zakat amount, may I deduct rent for upcoming months that is due now or that is imminently due? Ones Zakat anniversary is today. He is due to pay his rent for the upcoming 3 months(Sept-Nov) in around 20 days. Demand for payment (the letter) will come in about 10 days. Can this amount […]

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What elements of my pension do I need to pay zakah on?

Q: What elements of my pension do I need to pay zakāh on? If my pensions is a “zakātable” asset then what do I need to pay the zakāt on? The entire holding (i.e. fund value) or pay zakāt on the annual contribution? Is zakāt payable on my contribution alone or mine and my employer’s […]

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Do I still have to pay zakah on my badly-performing pension fund?

Q: Do I still have to pay zakāh on my badly-performing pension fund? If someone has a fund, which they have control over where it is invested, but they still can’t liquidate or access any part of it till they are 55, then s/he has to pay zakāh on the value of the fund (not […]

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If a student has an unpaid education related loan, can his parents use their Zakah money to pay off the loan?

Q: If a student has an unpaid education related loan, can his parents use their Zakah money to pay off the loan?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Firstly, for the valid discharge of Zakah one must make the recipient owner of the Zakah.  One cannot simply pay off the recipient’s debt on his behalf […]

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