[Q-ID0686] My Zakah date is coming, do I deduct my gas & electric bill before calculating what I need to give?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: The year for Zayd will complete in Ramadān, and he has £5000. But he has to give £1000 in gas & electric bills, which he has already given, so will he now give (2.5%) Zakāh on £4000 or £5000?

Questioner: Hasan from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

The Zakāh of only £4000 is wājib for Zayd, because £1000 was a debt in the form of bills, and debts are deducted from the amount liable for Zakāh.

Just as it stated in Tanwīr al-Absār ma’ Durr Mukhtār,

“فَلَا زَكَاةَ عَلَى ۔۔۔ مَدْيُونٍ لِلْعَبْدِ بِقَدْرِ دَيْنِهِ فَيُزَكِّي الزَّائِدُ إنْ بَلَغَ نِصَابًا”

There is no Zakāh upon the amount of debt for someone who is indebted, and such a person will give Zakāh on the extra amount, if it reaches the threshold.

[Tanwīr al-Absār ma’ Durr Mukhtār, vol 3, pg 215]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadiri
Translated by Haider Ali

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