If someone is giving donations sometimes to needy persons and expecting nothing in return in his daily life.
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Can you tell me if someone is giving donations sometimes to needy persons and expecting nothing in return in his daily life can that be calculate at the year end and deduct from the Zakat amount
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Charity from zakah dues
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One of the obligatory conditions of fulfilling ones zakah dues in Shariah is that the person giving the charity must have and make the intention of fulfilling ones zakah before or when one pays it.
If one gives regular charity to the poor and needy in their daily life, it would account as sadaqah or voluntary charity in the Sight of Shariah.and it would not be acceptable for one to give sadaqah and deduct that amount from their annual zakah dues, unless and until the person who gave the charity made intention to fulfill their obligatory zakah dues before they gave the amount.
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