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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Does a woman have to sell her gold in order to pay zakat?

Q: Does a woman have to pay zakat on her gold even if her and her husband do not have enough cash over the nisab? i.e. does she have to sell some gold and pay separately? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If the gold, individually or in conjunction with other zakatable assets from […]

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Is it permissible for Zakat funds to be spent on non-Muslim beneficiaries?

Q: Is it permissible for Zakat funds to be spent on non-Muslim beneficiaries? Can they be considered mu’allafati quloobuhum in this context? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The category of “those whose hearts have to be reconciled” mentioned in Verse 60 of Surah Al-Tawbah refers to various groups of poor [according to […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to give Zakat funds to individual beneficiaries in the form of goods rather than cash?

Q: Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to give Zakat funds to individual beneficiaries in the form of goods (rather than cash)? This could include livelihood equipment, such as sewing machines, farming equipment, livestock; medication or medical treatments; school books; education or training courses; paying salaries of service providers (e.g. teachers or doctors). الجواب […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to spend Zakat funds on assets owned collectively by poor and needy communities?

Q: Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to spend Zakat funds on assets owned by poor and needy communities, and which aim to benefit and assist poor and needy individuals? This may include building or financially supporting schools, hospitals, orphanages or wells.  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The principle recipients of […]

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Is it permissible to give to charities who fund military arms or tobacco investments?

Q: Is it permissible to give charity to organisations if one knows they are funding military arms and tobacco investment? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Military armaments can be both permissible and impermissible depending on the situation at hand.  In fact, they can even be an obligation such as when needed for […]

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Who is liable to pay the Zakat for a limited company?

  Q: Is a limited company an independent entity in Islam and therefore liable for its own Zakat or does its value belong to the shareholders? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The liability to pay zakat falls on the shareholders and not the company itself. If taxes have been incurred on the zakat […]

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Is it prohibited to get a tax refund on Zakāt?

Q: It is prohibited to get a tax refund on zakat? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The benefit prohibited to the payer of zakāt is that which comes directly from the zakat itself.  Incidental benefit from a third party, as in the case of a tax refund, is not prohibited.  

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