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I had a painting labour for my house, during work he take all money fix for whole work and also take some extra money, now work is finished but he is not able to return my money which he took in extra, he seems poor person and also Muslim. Now I want to know that can I adjust that money to settle my zakah which due on me.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 418/360/D=05/1440)


No, you cannot deduct the additional amount from your zakah money and thus your zakah will not be paid. For the payment of zakah it is mandatory that the intention of zakah is made while giving it to the poor person. Yes, you can give your zakah money to that poor person and he will become its owner and thereafter you may demand your debt from him.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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