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Pay zakah in installments

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I have been reading your informative material on various issues. a series of hadiths that i have been receiving on daily basis for the last couple of months have really attracted me a lot. You are doing a wonderful act of kindness for your muslim brothers and sisters.

 

I have a question.

 

In the month of Ramadan it is every muslims obligation to pay zakah. A person who has to pay a certain amount as zakah but dont have enough amount to pay. And If the person who is truely willing to pay off the whole liability manages only to pay a partial amount and makes himself committed to pay the rest after when he finds himself capable enough. It might take some time may be three months, six months or a year or may be he would feel comfortable to pay with the next years zakah.

 

Is it possible in that way or their are some other suggestions you may give. Please reply.

 

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Pay zakah in installments

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Your Statement: In the month of Ramadan it is every muslims obligation to pay zakah.

The believers are obligated to fulfill their annual zakah dues at any time of the year, not necessarily in the blessed month of Ramadan. Because the Lord Most Merciful multiplies each good deed done in the blessed month of Ramadan, the majority of the believers tend to calculate/distribute their zakah obligations in this blessed month.

 

Your Question: ..Is it possible in that way or their are some other suggesstions you may give.

It is absolutely permissible for the believers to pay their annual zakah dues in one lump sum at the end of the calendar year, or in any form of installments spread over the year as they wish; provided their zakah dues are fulfilled in that one calendar year.

 

If one is so strained that even after ones best striving one is unable to pay a part of this years zakah in this calendar year, the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that there is no harm if one fulfills the unpaid balance in the coming year.it is expected that their Lord Most Gracious will accept their piety and will not diminish their due rewards in the least, Insha Allah.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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