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Deducting debts from one’s total zakaatable assets

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: What is the ruling relating to the deduction of debts owed from the total of Zakah that is due?

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A: The total amount of debts and liabilities will be deducted from ones total zakaatable assets. If after deduction the total amount one posses reaches nisaab zakaat will be waajib on that amount. Refer to http://muftionline.co.za/node/28

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

قال الحصكفي: فارغ عن دين له مطالب من جهة العباد (شامي 2/260)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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