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N.B. Rulings are given in accordance with the Hanafi school of thought

Islamic Question and Answers

From the Fatwa Department

How do I calculate my Zakah?Q: I am somewhat perplexed by the determination of Zakat. Particularly the holding period for an investment or cash asset.

Giving Zakat to Non-MuslimsQ. Can we give zakat or fitra to non-Muslims who are needy?

Is it permissible to discharge one’s Zakaat before the expiry of one complete lunar year?Q: Is it permissible to discharge Zakaat on one’s Zakaatable wealth before the expiry of one complete lunar year?

Can Zakaat be given to one’s paternal uncle?Q: Can Zakaat be given to one’s paternal uncle (father’s brother) if he is eligible to receive Zakaat?

Can Zakaat be used to pay off the financial debts?Q: Can Zakaat be used to pay off the financial debts of a person in financial difficulty. The payment is intended to be made directly to his creditors? It is feared that if the Zakaat money is given to him he will misuse it?

One’s Zakat Paid by Someone ElseQ. My husband and I live with my parents-in-law. My father-in-law is retired and my mother-in-law is a surgeon (a bread winner). My mother-in-law takes care of most of our expenses such as food, shelter, college tuition, etc. My husband works in his mother's office. My husband and I have more than the zakatable assets.

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