Zakat - Money Was Stolen - What Do I Do?
  • Question:

    I had saved money to donate as zakat and before I could donate, it was stolen. What do I do? My current situation does not allow me to save more money?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allāh bless and accept your charitable works.

    Zakāh is an obligation upon the wealthy (owners of niṣāb) at the conclusion of the lunar year.

    If the amount payable in Zakāh was stolen, and you do not have sufficient funds to come up with the payable amount again, then In-shā Allāh, you are forgiven and absolved from paying Zakāh for that year.

    “Allāh does not obligate anyone beyond their capacity.” (Qur’ān 2:286)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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