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Discharging past years zakaat

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Q: I didn’t know that I was eligible to pay zakaat. I was just informed recently thanks to your answer to a previous question. Now I have had money above nisaab for two years. Should I pay zakat immediately or can I wait till ramadhan and pay for the two years together?


A: Zakaat for the passed years should be paid immediately, and zakat for the current year can be discharged at the end of your current zakaatable year.

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

Answered by:

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.

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