Can I spread out Zakah payments over time?

Short Answer

No, because Zakah is due on a specific day, and delaying it would be sinful, just like delaying prayer. However, you can pay earlier so all your Zakah is paid by your due date.

Reason for Asking the Question

Poor people need money throughout the year and cannot always manage that money well. Paying Zakah in payments to one recipient can often help them manage their money or pay their bills so that it is not misused by them.

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