Waving off a debt and considering it to be zakaat

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Q: If I lent someone cash as a loan and at first have every intention of asking it back. However, after sometime I decide to not and forgive them can this be considered zakaat? Also do I have to inform this is forgiven as zakaat.


A: No.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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.

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