Can we give zakat in the form of new or old clothes?
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can we give zakat in the form of new or old clothes?
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Zakat in the form of clothes
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Beloved Sister in Islam, in light of the guidance of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws), the jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the obligatory zakah dues must be paid either in a convertible currency (cash), or in the commodity one holds as assets on which the zakah is calculated.
For example if the assets of one are camels, cows, or sheep, etc.it is permissible in Islam for them to pay a portion of their number of cattle as zakah dues, or in cash. Similarly, if one has assets in gold or silver, one may pay their zakah in gold or silver.
Thus, if one is in the clothing business, or holds inventory of clothes over which zakah is duesuch a person has the option of paying his zakah dues from his inventory of clothes or in cash.
But for one whose assets are not in clothes, the scholars and jurists are of the opinion that one cannot pay their obligatory zakah by giving their used or new clothes; they may pay their zakah either in cash, or pay it in the commodity of the assets they hold.
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