Q: I am required to pay the religious liabilities and obligations of my deceased father . I am unsure about the various categories of the obligations for e.g. unperformed Salaah, zakat , unkept fast. I wish to settle the amount up to a maximum of 1/3 of the estate but I am unsure how to categorize the payment . How is the obligation defined/ categorised?
A: Estimate the unpaid zakaat and give out that wealth to the avenues of zakaat. Thereafter, you may estimate the missed namaaz and fasts and give out the fidyah to deserving people.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)