Miscellaneous Masa’il on Zakât

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc. / Sunday, August 31st, 2008
  1. If a person mixes
    his halâl wealth with harâm money, zakât will have to be given on
    the total amount.

  2. If a person passes
    away without paying the zakât which was wajib on him, zakât will not be
    taken from his wealth. But if he makes a bequest that his zakât must be paid
    from his wealth, then this zakât will be taken from one third of his wealth
    irrespective of whether this one third will be sufficient for the payment of his
    zakât or not. If his inheritors agree to give from the balance of his wealth
    (i.e. more than the one third), it will be permissible to take from this balance
    according to the amount that the inheritors specify.

  3. If the creditor
    forgives his debtor from paying his debt after the expiry of one year, the
    creditor will not have to pay zakât on this money for that year. However, if the
    debtor is a rich person, the creditor’s forgiving him will be regarded as if he
    is destroying his wealth. The creditor will therefore have to give zakât on this wealth. This is because the destroying of
    zakâtable wealth does not absolve one from paying zakât.

  4. The giving of
    optional charities is only mustahab when one’s wealth is over and above
    one’s necessities and the necessities of one’s family members. If it is not so,
    it will be makruh to give optional charities. Similarly, it is also
    makruh to give all one’s wealth to charity. However, if the person has
    full conviction on his trust in Allah Ta’ala and on his ability to exercise
    patience and there is no possibility of any harm befalling his family, it will
    not be makruh to do so. Instead, it will be better to give all his wealth
    in charity.

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