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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Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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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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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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Can student loans be taken off as a liability for zakah purposes?

Q: Can student loans be taken off as a liability for zakāh purposes?  Is a Student Loan added to ones zakāh liability section as a whole in every zakāh year until it is paid off unlike most deferred payment loans such as mortgages, where only the coming 12 months instalments will be added in the […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on money held for a minor?

Q: I gifted my son £1,000 and hold this in an account in my son’s name. However prior to his 18th birthday he is not able to access that money without my consent. In this instance is he liable for zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: This would be considered […]

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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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Do I need to pay Zakat on my pension each year or when I start receiving it?

Q: Do I need to pay Zakat on my pension each year or when I start receiving it at the age of 55? The pension is two fold. 1) My employer contributes £300 per month towards my chosen pension provider. 2) My annual bonus, rather than paying 40% tax on it, is paid to my […]

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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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Is zakat due on an amount of money I only came to possess 11 days before my zakat anniversary?

Q: Is zakat due on an amount of money I only came to possess 11 days before my zakat anniversary, and which is going to be used to buy a house (and therefore not “surplus” wealth)? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Once one becomes owner of the nisab one’s lunar year commences.  Any […]

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Would it be permissible to pay zakat to an institution who are to spend it 100% on the living essentials of their pupils?

Q: Would it be permissible to pay zakat to the institution who are to spend it 100% on feeding, clothing and living essentials of the pupils? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: It is not sufficient to simply spend the zakat funds upon eligible recipients even if it is 100%.  This alone will not […]

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