Paying Zakaat before its due date

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Can you pay zakat before its due date? Assume it is due in July , and you decide to give it in April or portions of it in may.
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Yes, it is permissible to pay zakaat before its due date, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) accepted two years’ zakaat in advance from al-‘Abbaas ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib. But we should remember here that the annual payment of zakaat is worked out according to the Hijri (Islamic) calendar, and not the Gregorian (western) calendar – the difference between them is well known.

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