Answered by Molana Eunus Ali
I have purchased an off-plan property and have set aside an amount which I will have to pay to the developer over the next two years.
Is zakat payable on the amount that I have set aside? Or is this considered a debt which can be offset for the purpose of my zakat calculation.
According to the preferred opinion in the Hanafi school a long-term debt will not prevent one from paying Zakah.
Therefore only that amount which has been set aside for the developers for that year should be deducted from the savings and not the total amount payable to the developers. Zakat should then be paid on the remaining savings if they are above the nisab amount.
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Written by Molana Eunus Ali
Darul Ifta Birmingham.
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
 Raddul Muhtar, Volume 3, Page 177, Darul Kutubul Ilmiyyah
Jadeed Fiqhi Masail, Volume 1, Page 144-145, Zamzam Publishers
This answer was collected from DarulIftaBirmingham.co.uk, which is run under the supervision of Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah from the United Kingdom.