Today we will read about some FAQs about Zakaah this is really important for us to know so that we can InShaAllah help others.
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'FAQs about Zakah'
Q. Difference between Zakaah & Sadaqah.
A. Zakah is obligatory and has conditions unlike Sadaqah. Zakah can only be given to 8 categories and Sadaqah can be given anywhere and to anyone we see fit. The one who doesn’t give Zakah is punished. Click here to read details.
Q. How should Zakaah on wealth earned during the year be calculated?
A. It is calculated on the savings and also the profits earned on the investments. Click here to read details.
Q. How should we pay Zakah if the amount goes above and below Nisaab level during the year?
A. If the amount of money decreases and drops below the nisaab during the year, then no zakaah is due, and you start reckoning the year anew when the amount of money reaches the nisaab again. Click here to read details.
Q. Is it a must to pay Zakah in Ramadan only?
A. No, it is not a must to only pay in Ramadan. Click here to read details.
Q. If I couldn’t pay Zakat in one Ramadan, should I wait for the next one and pay the two together?
A. No, we should not delay paying Zakah, it should be paid as soon as it is due. Click here to read details.
Q. If I do not have cash to pay Zakah should I take a loan?
A. If a person is obliged to pay zakaah but he does not have any cash, it is permissible for him to delay paying zakaah until he has the cash, or to pay in instalments whenever he is able to do so, and he does not have to take out a loan. But this shouldn’t be taken as an excuse to delay paying Zakah, one can delay it till the time he/she can sell the assets and get the cash to pay. One should hasten to pay as much as possible. Click here to read details.
Q. Do I have to pay Zakah on my Gold jewellery that I don’t intend to sell, rather I only keep it for personal use for beautification.
A. There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars about this issue, it is said that the stronger view is that one should pay for it. Click here to read details.
Q. I am in Debt, do I have to pay Zakah?
A. There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars about this issue, it is said that the stronger view is that one should pay Zakah if he has amount above Nisaab level even if he is in Debt. Click here to read details.
Q. Do we have to pay Zakah on the loan amount that we have given someone? If yes do we have to pay it every year or once after we get it back?
A. There are differences among them concerning the issues but summary of that is: -
When a Muslim is owed a debt by someone else, one of two scenarios must apply:
1. That it is owed by someone who admits it and knows the amount and is willing to pay it.
2. It is owed by someone who admits it, but he is in difficulty or is delaying payment, or it is with someone who denies it.
In the first case, he should pay zakaah on the debt in addition to the wealth he has with him, so he should pay zakaah on all his wealth, and do that every year, even if he has not received it from the debtor, because it is like trust. And it is permissible for him to delay paying zakaah on the debt until the time he receives it, and then pay zakaah for all the past years.
In the second case, he does not have to pay zakaah, but when he does receive it, in order to be on the safe side he should pay zakaah on it for one year, even if it was kept with one who was hard up or delayed payment, or denied it, for several years.
Q. Who is responsible to pay Zakah for the Jewellery owned by a woman who doesn’t have a source of income?
A. Unlike commonly believed it is not the man’s (father or husband) responsibility to pay the Zakah, it is an obligation on her, they can volunteer to pay if they have the means to but it is her responsibility to pay. Click here to read details.
Q. I have gold that I need to pay Zakat for. But I do not have money to pay the Zakat. What should I do?
A. As you do not own any other wealth with which to pay the zakaah, you have to give the zakaah from the gold itself, or sell some of it and pay the zakaah. If someone (your father, brother, husband, etc) volunteers to pay zakaah on your behalf, that is permissible, and he will be rewarded for it. Click here to read details.
Q. If I have not been paying Zakah in the previous years and intend to be practicing Muslim now, do I have to pay Zakah for the previous years?
A. Yes, you have to pay the zakaah of the past years according to the amounts of money that you possessed after paying off the debts of each year. Once you arecertain about the amount in any year, then you have to pay zakaah on it. If you do not know the exact amounts, then guess and pay based on that estimate. Click here to read details.
Q. Is it permissible in Islam to give Zakath to poor & deserving close relatives like brothers & sister, Uncles & Aunts?
A. Giving zakaah to relatives who are entitled to it is better than giving it to those who are not your relatives, because giving charity to relatives is both charity and upholding the ties of kinship. But if these relatives are among those on whom you are obliged to spend, but you give them your zakaah so that you can save money, then that is not permissible. Click here to read details.
Q. Can a woman give Zakah to her poor Mother?
A. No, it is not permissible to give obligatory zakaah – which includes sadaqat al-fitr – to those on whom one is obliged to spend, such as parents and children. Click here to read details.
Q. Can I give Zakah to my Daughter who is in need?
A. If a woman is married, then her maintenance is obligatory on her husband. If he is poor or is absent and has not left her any money to cover her maintenance, and she is poor and has no money, it is permissible to her to be given Zakaah. Click here to read details.
Q. Can a woman give Zakah to her Husband?
A. There is a difference of opinion amongst scholars about this issue, it is said that the stronger view is that she can give it to him if he is in debt or has other serious issues. Click here to read details.
Q. Can a man give Zakah to his wife?
A. No, as he is obliged to spend on her.
Q. Do I have to pay Zakah on a land that I bought with the intention of selling in future?
A. Yes, The fact that you took possession of the land with the intention of selling it means that zakaah is due on it every year. Click here to read details.
Q. Do I have to pay Zakah on the value of the Land (or asset) that I had bought for or its current value?
A. Its current value.
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