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Convert loan to Zakah

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Dear brother Borhan

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Thanks for your reply. I am in confusion and my undersatnding is as follows.


If I don't have cash problem I can treat the loan as Sadqah but I can also treat it as Zakat at finanacial condition. Do I need to tell the person that I am giving as Zakat. Thanks Shabbir Ahmed Could you advise if I get money from any one or I had lended before, if he cannot able to refund the amount on time or forever, If i forgive or can I treat it as Zakat.

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Convert loan to Zakah

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One of the conditions when rendering zakah is that the person who pays it must have an intention that he is paying the zakah dues. Thus the scholars in Islam do not hold it permissible that an amount given in loan be converted to zakah when the person is unable to pay it back. It would be considered righteousness and a form of ‘sadaqah’ if one forgives the loan, but it cannot be converted into zakah.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 280: If the debtor is in a difficulty grant him time till it is easy for him to repay. But if ye remit if by way of ‘sadaqah’ (charity), that is best for you, if ye only knew.


If the loan is such that one is doubtful whether the debtor will ever pay the loan back or not; then there is no zakah due on it. If and when the debtor actually pays the loan back, then the person should pay the zakah on that amount.


Your Question: Do I need to tell the person that I am giving as Zakat.

One of the conditions of rendering zakah is that the person, at the time of paying it, must have an intention that he is paying his zakah dues. One is not required to, neither obligated to inform the person receiving the amount that it is from zakah; but if one does inform them for any reason there is no harm. It is possible that when informed that the amount is from zakah, the self-pride of the person receiving it might be dented; thus it would be considered righteousness in the sight of the Lord if a believing brother respects and upholds the honor of his needy brother.


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