Can I take this amount of R 5000 as part of my zakaat payment?

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Date: Sunday, September 18, 2011






Can I take this amount of R 5000 as part of my zakaat payment?





Respected Mufti Saheb


Please advise me on the ffg:


1. About 2 years ago, I lent a brother R 5000 for use in his business which he told me he will repay back shortly. At the time, knowing his financial status

I knew it will be difficult for him to repay, as he was asking for money from others as well to start up his own business. To date he has not paid me and I cannot ask him

For the money as I know he cannot repay me back. Can I take this amount of R 5000 as part of my zakaat payment?


2.    I am in the process of building my home and  I have cash in the bank that is being used to pay out to builders , ceiling company , plumbers , electricians etc etc

For example – my bill with my electrician is say R 50000, of which I have paid him R 30 000. The balance of R 20 000 is still due as the work has not completed. But this cash is in my account at

1 Ramadaan – day I chose for my calculation.

Can I deduct the amount owing of R 20 000 to the electrician from my zakaatable assets. Likewise I have monies owing to the ceiling company as well, that is in my bank account awaiting

Payment once the job has been completed.






Muhtaram / Muhtaramah


In the Name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāh wa-barakātuh.


It is incorrect to assume the loan of 5000 as Zakaat. Zakaat will only be discharged when it is given to the poor/needy with a clear intention of Zakaat. In your situation you had given him the money as a loan thus you cannot change that intention now.

And Allah knows best
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