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Can Zakaat be paid in instalments?

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Dear Brother in Islam,


I am reading the questions&answers for sometime.May Allah(swt)give you jaza for doing such a good service.I have  a question,actually I am a little confused about that.Paying Zakat on Jewellery------I heard that we have to pay it as a whole amount during the month of Ramadan.I used to pay it a little by little every month,as I can`t afford to pay it as a whole.So can we pay it in either way or it has to be paid on one time.I hope I will get the answer soon.


A sister in Islam.


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Can Zakaat be paid in instalments?

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It is absolutely permissible for the believers to pay the zakat dues in one lump sum, or in any form of installments spread over the year as they wish; provided the zakat dues are paid in one calendar year.


The reason most people prefer to pay their full zakat dues during the month of Ramadan, is because Ramadan is a blessed and holy month, and every good deed done in Ramadan has a manifold increase in the sight of Allah Subhanah, as compared to good deeds done in other months. But if for any reason, one wishes to pay his zakat dues in other months, it is absolutely legal and within the limits of Shariah.


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