Is it permissible to give Zakāt al Maal to a charity if it operates abroad?

Q: Is it permissible to give zakāt al maal to a charity even if it operates in other countries?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: All things being equal one should distribute one’s zakat in the immediate locality of the zakātable wealth.  Failure to do so is reprehensible but not prohibited.  However, if […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on Qard Hasana given to an individual?

Q: If an individual lends £2,000 to his relative on the basis of qarḍ ḥasana (gratuitous loan) and the £2,000 is still outstanding. How should the lender treat the outstanding £2,000 for the purposes of zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: A personal loan is categorized as a ‘strong debt’.[1] […]

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Do I still have to pay zakah on my frozen pension fund?

Q: Do I still have to pay zakāh on my frozen pension fund? I have a pension which is now frozen where I have selected the funds. The pension is invested in shares. Both myself and my employer had contributed to the pension. The pension has made a profit. Can you please confirm the following: […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on shares held for me by a nominee?

Q: Do I have to pay zakāh on shares held for me by a nominee on trust? For e.g. I purchase shares in my own name via TD Waterhouse who hold legal title on a nominee basis. This means they are shown on the company register as the legal owners of the shares. However they […]

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Is zakah payable on the value of on account payments for a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plans?

Q: Is zakāh payable on the value of on account payments for a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plans? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Ownership of the on account payments, both under the Ijarah home purchase plan and the Diminishing Musharakah home purchase plan, remains vested in the […]

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If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently?

Q: If I own land in a foreign country on which a house is currently being built which will be rented out, is there any Zakat to be paid currently? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is no Zakat payable on the land.

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For zakat purposes, how might we interpret ‘fi sabeelillah’ in the modern context?

Q: How might we interpret fi sabeelillah in the modern context? Could this include campaigning or advocacy activities – for example, raising awareness about Islamic teachings on poverty issues, dispelling misperceptions about Islam, speaking out on international justice issues etc. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Whilst the literal meaning of fi sabilillah […]

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

Q: Is the responsibility of Zakat a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: Zakat is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly owned wealth the obligation of zakat remains personal.  Thus, if a husband and […]

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What is the Shari’ah position with regards to zakah on Diminishing Musharaka home purchase plans?

Q: What is the Shari’ah position with regards to zakāh on Diminishing Musharaka home purchase plans? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Under the Diminishing Musharakah home purchase plan, the client again incurs a debt only to the extent of the outstanding monthly rental payments subsequent to his use of 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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Do I pay zakah on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises?

Q: Do I pay zakāh on an investment from which I get no return, but whose value rises? I had about £51,300 on which I paid zakāh this year which left me with about £50,000. I then invested that £50,000 into a company. So now I own 5% percentage of that company. I am not […]

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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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