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

  Q: Is the responsibility of Zakāt a strictly individual responsibility or can it be joint say in the case of husbands and wives? Most spouses would have joint finances and liabilities or would treat theirs as such. الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakāt is strictly a personal obligation.  Even in jointly […]

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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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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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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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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 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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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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Can I pay Zakat on my mothers behalf even though I have a student loan to repay? Will it be considered a Sadaqah for me?

Q: Can I pay Zakat on my mothers behalf even though I have a student loan to repay? Will it be considered a Sadaqah? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: You can pay your mother’s Zakat on her behalf with her permission. This will be considered a Sadaqah for you.  Repayment of debt is a […]

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My children’s wealth does not reach the Nisab individually, but collectively it does, is Zakat due on the collective amount?

Q: My children’s wealth does not reach the Nisab individually, but collectively it does, is Zakat due on the collective amount?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Zakat is an individual payment to be paid on one’s own Zakatable assets but according to the Hanafi School the assets of children are not liable to […]

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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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