Using money that was set aside for zakaat

Q: A man who owns a house and two cars, after a full lunar year he has taken out zakaat and put it aside to give out. However he falls ill and needs an immediate treatment. He goes to a private hospital but only has a certain amount of cash in the bank to pay the bill. He has no other immediate source of cash. Can he use that money which he set aside for zakaat or does he have to sell his house or car and use that money?

Bismillaah

A: Yes, he may use that and postpone the payment of zakaat.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)