Can I pay some of my Zakah early?

Short Answer

Yes, but make sure to pay the entire amount you would have owed on your due date. For example, if you give $100 as Zakah six months early, and then on your Zakah due date you have $9,900, you must add back the $100 and calculate your Zakah on 2.5% of $10,000. You now owe the remaining $150 in Zakah.

Reason for Asking the Question

Sometimes a poor person needs money immediately so the giver does not want to wait until his Zakah date is due. The questioner wants to know if this will still count as Zakah.

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