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Changing Your Zakaat Anniversary Date: Is It Possible?

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Q: I have always had my Zakaat anniversary as the 15 of Ramadaan. If I wish to change this date is it possible? Let’s say I wish to from next year change my year to 15 Shabaan. I will do all my calculation on that date and give Zakaat at 2.5%. Is this possible? Alternatively, if the date I wish to use in future is 15 Shawaal, how would I put this into effect? Bearing in mind that this will then make it a 13 month year.


A: There could be complications. We suggest that you leave it at that date. However, you can give your zakaat on another date after calculating on the 15th of Ramadhaan.

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

( وحولها ) أي الزكاة ( قمري ) بحر عن القنية ( لا شمسي ). (الدر المختار 2/294)

( وسببه ) أي سبب افتراضها ( ملك نصاب حولي ) نسبه للحول لحولانه عليه ( تام ) . ( الدر المختار 2/259)

وشرطه أي شرط افتراض أدائها ( حولان الحول ) وهو في ملكه ( وثمنية المال كالدراهم والدنانير ) . ( الدر المختار 2/267)
فتاوى دار العلوم ديوبند 6/44

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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