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Is it mandatory to pay zakat to the needy ones immediately after completion of one year?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
Assalam alekum wb.My question is reagrding zakat, is it mandatory to pay zakat to the needy ones immediately after completion of one year or i may keep this amount seprately, other than the saving and give it to the needy persons after some times. In fact i am asking this question in the regard that i have few yateem girl cousins who are suppose to get married after 2-3 yrs.can i save my zakat annually and will give that toatal amount to them at the time of there marriage so that those yateems can get better rishta and there marriage gets easy, ishallah.Pls ans.Allah hafiz sabia

Answer

(Fatwa: 2099/H=625/th=1431)

When paying zakah was due, you should pay it as soon as possible. It is better for you not to give your zakah amount in the marriage, because in some cases your zakah will not be paid. You should arrange for the orphan girls with the amount of gift and charity. You would get better proposal for them in-sha-Allah.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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