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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The 1st Ethical Zakah guide mentions Zakah cannot be given to one’s spouse. However this Hadith appears to indicate giving Zakah to ones spouse is permissible. Please can you clarify.

Q: The 1st Ethical Zakah guide mentions Zakah cannot be given to one’s spouse.   However this Hadith appears to indicate giving Zakah to one’s spouse is permissible. Please can you clarify? الجواب حامدا ومصليه ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is a difference of opinion as to whether a wife can give Zakah to her poor husband. The position […]

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If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?

Q: If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If a person has donated their Zakah in advance either […]

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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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Can Zakat ul Fitr only be distributed in the form of food?

Q: Is it permissible for Zakat ul Fitr to be given in the form of cash or new clothes, or must it be spent on food?  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakatul Fitr can be given in the form of cash or new clothes and does not have to be spent on food.  […]

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Can Zakat be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation?

Q. Can Zakāt be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation? Can this fall under the category of ‘debtors’ as the individual needs to pay this money for the operation in order to survive? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A. Zakāt can be given only if […]

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Is a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plan able to deduct any future rental installments due to the bank from their zakatable assets?

Q:Is a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plan able to deduct any future rental installments due to the bank from their zakatable assets? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The client cannot deduct rental payments for future periods from his zakatable assets. Only those payments that have fallen due […]

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