Is is permissible to give Zakah to someone in the form of food vouchers instead of cash?

Q: Is is permissible to give Zakah to someone in the form of food vouchers instead of cash?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is permissible to give food vouchers instead of cash.  However, the Zakah will only be discharged once the recipient receives the food.  A food voucher is an assignment of debt […]

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Is gold bought for personal use subject to Zakah?

Q: Is gold bought for personal use subject to Zakah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Yes. According to the Hanafi opinion, gold and silver are always subject to Zakah, irrespective of whether it is for personal or business use, whether it is in nugget, coin, jewellery or other form. Gold is considered […]

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

Q: What is the Shari’ah position with regards to zakāh on Murabaha home purchase plans? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: Under the Murabahah home purchase plan the client incurs a debt for the balance of the purchase price that is payable over an extended period [typically 25 years as mentioned]. […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on my salary, if I haven’t received it?

Q: What is the ruling in relation to zakāh on my salary? For e.g. an individual who is paid his salary at the end of the month has to calculate his zakāh on the 25th of the month. Does he have to pay zakāh on the proportion of salary owed to him on the 25th […]

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Is it a priority to give Zakah here locally, to the needy in the UK or to the poor abroad?

Q: Is it a priority to give Zakāh here locally, to the needy in the UK or to the poor abroad? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There are several competing reasons as to how and where we should pay our Zakāh. For example: it is commendable to distribute Zakāh amongst relatives as […]

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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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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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