Q: I gave a few thousands as a loan to someone and did not tell him that I had no intention of taking back. Please tell me:
1. Can I inform him not to pay me back?
2. Can I deduct that amount from my due zakat?
3. Should I inform him that it was zakat?
4. When I was giving him the loan, I had no intention of cutting it from my zakat.
2. You cannot deduct the zakaat now.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)