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Paying Debt with Zakaat

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askmufti.co.za
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Q: If a person has debt and he cannot afford to pay it would it be permissible for a third person to pay the debt amount with zakaat to the debtor without the permission of the person?

Note: the person has agreed to pay the debt in installments over a period of 2 years. However the debt amount is such that it is required to be paid once off.

A: The third person will either give him the money or pay it with his permission and consent. If he pays it without permission the Zakaat will not be discharged.

Moulana Yusuf Laher


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