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    Question ID: 69784Country: MALAYSIA

    Title: Paying zakah while one is under heavy debt

    Question: I would like to ask I married on 1/12/2014. I have 300 grams gold but nowadays I am in trouble. I borrowed money. I don't have enough money to pay zakah. Will I have to pay? Can I pay later?

    Answer ID: 69784

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 1476/1495/L=1/1438)

    If, after deducting the amount of debt, you are left with gold and cash in a quantity which makes you sahib-e-nisab, then you will have to pay zakah when one year completes on your nisab. It is not right to make delay in paying zakah after completion of the year. However, if it is impossible for you to pay all the zakah in one time, then you may pay in parts and calculate at the end of the year. However, in case you could not pay the zakah of some years, you can pay it later.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India