Q&A Library for Zakaat & Charity

# Title Post date
1 Ushr on Zambian land and Zakaat on animals Tue 25 Sep 2018

Question:

I own a farm in Zambia . Land in zambia is 99 year leasehold from government and wanted to ask on how to calculate my zakah on crops and animals.

We do 2 crops a year one crop half is irrigated with bore water and other half rain fed crop. The second crop is fully irrigated crop only as grown on dry season

My question is Ushr payable or flat Zakat of 2.5%. Is ush payable how do calculate this

2 Qadhaa fast on the 9th of Muharram Tue 25 Sep 2018

Question:

My wife has one Qadhaa fast of Ramadaan left to keep. Can she keep that on the 9th Muharram, and the fast of the 10th the next day? Or does she need to keep 3?

Answer:

Her fast on the 9th of Muharram would have been for the missed fast of Ramadaan which is an independent fast altogether. The fast of the 10th would be a Nafl for the day of Aashura and she would be required to join one more on the 11th due to the narration that states that one should oppose the Jews by fasting a day before the 10th or a day after the 10th of Muharram.

3 Zakaat upon savings Tue 25 Sep 2018

Question:

I live with my parents and i'm working also. Whatever salary I get, I save that. and so, I do not have to pay for any other expenses. 1 year has passed and the savings are still in my possession. I would like to know whether i'm liable to pay Zakaat on the savings I have. JazaakAllah.

Answer:

If you are Baaligh and have maintained the Nisaab for a complete lunar year from the point of acquiring the Nisaab (for the very first time) then yes, you are liable to pay Zakaat on your savings.

4 Zakaat on a deceased'd estate Mon 04 Mar 2019

Question: 

Kindly advice me on the following : -

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5 Giving Zakaat funds as Qardh Hasanah Tue 05 Mar 2019

Question: 

Can a person give his Zakaat money as a Qardh Hasanah, and if the money is returned then he would give it to another recipient as Zakaat? 
In the case of it not being permissible, and a person had been doing so, then what should he do? 

Answer: 
6 Zakaat on undistributed inherited land Tue 05 Mar 2019

Question: 

1. If some land has
not been distributed between the heirs for some time, does each of them have to
give Zakaat for their "supposed to be" share? And do they also have
7 Giving Zakaat to a non-recipient Thu 07 Mar 2019

Question: 

I gave a person Zakaat thinking that he could take Zakaat. After one month I realised that he was not a person who can receive Zakaat. Have I accomplished the rendering of my Zakaat? 

Answer: 
8 Zakaat for illegitimate child Sun 10 Mar 2019

Question: 

A Muslim woman has a child from a christian man out of wedlock. The child is now 8 years of age. This child is now in the custody of the father as the mother is not prepared to take care of the child. The father is prepared to send the child to Muslim School to continue with her education but cannot afford to do so. Is this child eligible for Zakaat? Who is the Wali of this child since the father is Christian? 

Answer: 

9 benefitting indirectly from Zakaat funds Tue 17 Sep 2019

Question: 

I purchased grocery
items worth R3000 to distribute to zakaatable people that I knew. I could have
purchased these groceries from any store. However, I chose to buy them from a
store that had a "special". For every R200 purchase made, the store
gives you a toy. Hence , I wanted these toys for my own kids. 

10 Fixing a date for discharging Zakaat Tue 17 Sep 2019

Question: 

1)If a person became
balag in Zilqidah & zakah is due on him but doesn't remember the date, what
should he do?

2)If for the sake of remembering his annual zakah, can one permanentaly change
his zakah due date to 1st Ramadan from Zilqidah. I.e. he is fixing the zakah
due date a few months earlier than the actual due date?


Answer: 

11 Zakaat on children's savings Wed 18 Sep 2019

Question: 

I'm a divorced father
of three children & had kept their savings from gifts received from their
infant days, AlHamdulillah.

1. When is the
right age to give this money over to my children?

12 Zakaat on loans Wed 02 Oct 2019

Question: 

As
an employee, I am facilitated to take 3 types of loan from my employer.

Loan type 01:

13 Zakaat on inheritance funds Wed 02 Oct 2019

Question: 

My
father passed away few years ago.

His estate included gold coins, jewellery and cash.....

14 Liability exceeding assets to cancel Nisaab Sun 06 Oct 2019

Question: 

I know that
if a person's wealth reaches 0 then his previous zakat payment date no longer
remains the same but the one year from the next date he attains nisab will
be his date. 

What if a
person's liabilities are more than his total assets will this suffice to cancel
his previous date? 


15 Accepting Zakaat for old debts and current expenses Tue 29 Oct 2019

Question: 

Mufti I
want to know if I can accept zakaat to for my old debts and current expenses.



I am a contractor. For the year 2019 I only worked for approx 2 months . I have
3 school going kids . I managed to pay most of there school fees for the year ,
outstanding 10k . I have been applying for jobs within my industry and also
elsewhere.I am not coming right .

Apart from this current expenses I am struggling with I have old debt of about

16 Burial fund Mon 25 Nov 2019

Question: 

In
my country, the burial costs for someone passing away amount to approximately
US$1000.



17 Giving un-Islamic items in Zakaat Mon 25 Nov 2019

Question: 

A
shopkeeper have his Zakaat in kind in the form of clothing, shoes etc...The
person to whom the shopkeeper gave the items to was supposed to have found the
correct worthy recipients and discharge,   however , he could not. This
parcel then, of zakaatable clothing came to us to discharge.  

18 Discharging Zakaat on profits Tue 21 Jan 2020

Question: 

A family
company contains several partners. Each year, the partners share the profits.
We were told that each partner must pay the Zakate individually. Now, my first
question is: will the partners have to pay immediately, like a year has passed
or wait a year after they are in possession of the goods?

My second question: if the partners decide not to distribute all the profits

19 Giving Zakaat to a Sayyid Tue 21 Jan 2020

Question: 

Is it permissible to give Zakaat to a Sayyid? 

Answer: 
In the enquired case, it is inadmissible to give Zakat to a Sayyad (progeny of Hazrat Ali , Aqeel , Ja’far , Abbas , and Harith Bin Abdul Muttalib) and similarly it is prohibited for a Sayyad to receive Zakat money. However, in dire needs, the ruling will differ. (Ahsanul Fataawa Vol. 4 Pg. 288-289) 

20 Zakaat on fruits Wed 01 Jul 2020

Question: 

How would one calculate his zakat on fruits? i have a friend who is growing strawberries. so he would like to know,how would he calculates his zakat when his date of paying is due on the 15th of Ramadhaan?


Answer: 

In South Africa, after harvesting one’s crops, if one sells the crops, then Zakaat of 2.5% will be due on the proceeds of the sale at the end of one’s Zakaatable year, provided that the amount equals to or exceeds the Nisaab of Zakaat.

21 Giving charity whilst in debt Thu 02 Jul 2020

Question: 

I would like to know if a person is owing the bank money on his credit card but still wants to give big amounts on voluntary charity, what can his reward be for the charity because he’s doing good but not paying his debts?


Answer: 

It is Fardh to pay one’s debts and to give optional charity is a Nafal act in Islam.

22 Creditor giving Zakaat with the expectation of repayment Thu 02 Jul 2020

Question: 

A tenant has not paid rent outstanding for 2 months due to the recent lockdown. He is Zakaat eligible. Is it permissible for the landlord to give him Zakaat, without telling him that he should ( now) use that money to pay the rent, but rather, expecting( the landlord has this ' expectation ') that he will use part of the money for himself and part towards the rent? Is that permissible? 


Answer: 

Yes, it is permissible.i

23 Zakaat on provident fund Thu 02 Jul 2020

Question: 

have unfortunately received mixed info regarding payment of Zakaat on a provident fund - if possible, could you please assist in advising whether it is payable or not? 


Answer: 

There are two types of provident funds:

 Compulsory provident funds wherein the company/government deducts a specified amount from the employee’s salary, whether he agrees with this funding scheme or not.

24 Ushr on fruit bearing trees in South Africa Sat 04 Jul 2020

Question: 

Is it necessary to pay Ushr on fruit bearing trees one’s backyard in South Africa?


Answer: 

There is no Ushr on fruit bearing trees which grow in one’s backyard or garden.1

AND ALLAH TA’AALA ALONE IN HIS INFINITE KNOWLEDGE KNOWS BEST

ANSWERED BY: Yusuf Nana 

CHECKED AND APPROVED BY: Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B. 

25 Zakaat before distribution of an estate Sun 05 Jul 2020

Question: 

A person passed away, but his estate has not yet been wound up. Are the heirs required to pay Zakaat on their respective shares that they will receive when the estate is wound up, or do they pay Zakaat only after receiving their shares? 


Answer: 

In the enquired instance, they will only pay Zakaat of their respective shares of inheritance (which they are going to receive in future), after receiving their respected shares.i

26 Zakaat on lump sum pension payout Sun 05 Jul 2020

Question: 

we have received a lump sum pension payout last year july / august i would like to find out when would zakaat be payable on the money . Also 

we usually calculate our zakaat every year during ramadaan. 


Answer: 

27 Zakaat to settle debts of a deceased Sun 05 Jul 2020

Question: 

In February 2020 this year my marhoom brothers wife passed away suddenly from a heart attack, leaving the two children behind..Since the wife passed away suddenly, she left behind unsettled monetary loans from various people and amounts overdue to city council for lights and water and rates and taxes.

Q1 Can we brothers and sisters settle her debts with zakaat money? 

Q2 Can nephews and nieces settle her debts with zakaat money?

28 Woman accepting Zakaat due to husband not maintaining her Mon 06 Jul 2020

Question: 

Can a woman accept Zakaat to maintain her children if her husband does not support her in any way? However, she owns some amount of gold. 


Answer: 

29 Taking Zakaat and Sadaqah to pay off one's debt Tue 07 Jul 2020

Question: 

I have taken a loan from several people to start a business and invested with someone who ran away and I lost the entire amount and now people are asking for their money, can u take zakaah and sadaqah to pay off this debt? I don't have any property or valuables. 


Answer: 

30 Zakaat on pension payout Tue 07 Jul 2020

Question: 

A person retires from teaching at a government school. He recieved his pension payout in this way that they paid him one third of it, and the balance , he recieves in monthly installments.  How must he calculate his Zakaat.  Is there Zakaat on the previous years?


Answer: 

31 Accepting Zakaat to offset credit cards Tue 07 Jul 2020

Question: 

can a person be given zakaat to offset their credit cards that they are owing to. Reason is they want to get out of Ribah.

Accordingly the liabilities are much more than the assets they have.

Jewellery worth about R50 000

Debt about R270 000


Answer: 

32 Is one's salary included in Zakaat calculations? Mon 14 Sep 2020

Question: 

I normally calculate my Zakaat on the 1st Ramadhaan which co-incides with around the 24th April this year. If I receive my Salary the following day on the 25th April and then pay my monthly expenses, such as Rent, Domestic Workers wages, Telephone Account, School Fees etc., will I include my salary and subtract my monthly expenses when calculating my total Assets on which Zakaat is due? 


Answer: 

33 Recipient of Zakaat using interest accumulated in his account Mon 14 Sep 2020

Question: 

If there is accumulated interest in a Zakaat account, then can we leave it there and continue using all the funds as per Zakaat eligibility because the recipients are the same or do we have to remove the interest all the time?

Also, if a person himself is Zakaat eligible and he has accumulated interest in his bank account,   can he himself use that money? 


Answer: 

34 What happens to Zakaat funds collected for an operation after the recipient passes away? Mon 14 Sep 2020

Question: 

Suppose a person who has collected Zakaat funds for an operation passes away before his treatment starts 

In this case, what happens to the collected Zakaat funds ( in possession of the deceased family members ) ?

Are they entitled to use same for other purposes or  ???

Can the heirs of the deceased even buy a brand new car with the unused Zakaat collected funds ?