Zakat

Zakaat on Gifts

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Q: One of my friends collected property in cash and jewellery. When I asked her to pay zakat she said this is for my children. I said they are minor. She said I distributed it between them verbally. So the minimum amount one person is carrying is not going beyond the zakat due. Therefore no zakat applies. I don't understand whether she is doing right or wrong. Please guide us

A:
If she made the children the owners of those things then Zakaat will not be paid on it. If she merely made an intention to give it to them but it is still in her possession and is above the Nisaab of zakaat the zakaat will be Fardh on her.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Paying Debt with Zakaat

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Q: If a person has debt and he cannot afford to pay it would it be permissible for a third person to pay the debt amount with zakaat to the debtor without the permission of the person?

Note: the person has agreed to pay the debt in installments over a period of 2 years. However the debt amount is such that it is required to be paid once off.

A:
The third person will either give him the money or pay it with his permission and consent. If he pays it without permission the Zakaat will not be discharged.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Minor Paying Zakaat

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Q: Can a minor pay zakat?

A:
In the Hanafi Madhab, Zakaat is not compulsory on a minor.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat on Deceased Estate

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Q: My step sister died in 2004 and had a cash balance at bank of £365,000.00 plus interest accrued of £40,000 making a total of £405,000. This estate was divided between 17 family members without considering that no Zakaat had ever been paid since 2004. My views are that zakaat should have been deducted and distributed and interest given away before the division.

A:
Even if Zakaat was compulsory on your sister and she did not pay it, it will not be paid from the estate unless she instructed that it be done from the estate. (Raddul Muhtaar V29 P360).

Yes, the interest must be removed.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat to Domestic Worker

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Q: Is it permissible to give zakat to a non Muslim domestic helper?

A:
It is not permissible to give Zakaat to non Muslims. It has to be given to a Muslim who qualifies to accept Zakaat.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat on Deposit

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Q: I have already put in a deposit for a house and will be paying the remainder of the down payment in August.  Do I have to pay Zakah on these funds?

A:
You will not pay Zakaat on the deposit because that has already been paid in.

If the remainder is still with you on the due date of fulfilling your Zakaat and it is more than the Nisaab of Zakaat (with your other Zakaatable assets) then Zakaat will be paid on it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Zakaat on Deposit

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Q: I have put down a deposit to purchase an apartment, this was done beginning of June 2014. I will make balance payment 1 November 2014. How will this affect my Zakaat?

A:
There is no Zakaat on the money that has already been paid as deposit.

If you still have the balance of the money with you at the time Zakaat becomes compulsory on you then Zakaat will be paid on it.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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