1) Is it permissible for a person to change his zakaat date to an earlier date due to him e.g. being out the country on a yearly basis at the same time he was supposed to pay zakaat?
2) If someone doesn’t know what exact date he became baaligh on, how should he set the date for payment of his zakaat?
1. He should not change the date. He can pay the zakaat earlier and thereafter he can make the adjustments for any shortfall on the zakaatable date.
2. Use your discretion to the best of your ability.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.