What to do if I missed paying Zakat from past years?

As indicated by the researchers, you need to pay the missed Zakaah of the previous years, depending on the amount that was due every year. If you do not know the exact amount of Zakaah, make an honest guess and pay accordingly.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (May Allah show benevolence toward him) said:

Zakaah is a demonstration of love towards Allah and it is the right of the poor. If a person is not fulfilling this obligation, he is disregarding two rights:

  1. The right of Allah
  2. The right of the poor people and other people who deserve Zakaah

After paying Zakaah, the individual should repent also as Allah likes those who repent as described in Surah Ash-Shura- Verse 25:

“He is the One Who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons ˹their˺ sins. And He knows whatever you do. It is He who accepts repentance from his worshipers and forgives bad deeds, He knows what you do.”

What to do if I do have not enough money for paying Zakat for the past years?

The researchers have suggested that if an individual has not had enough money to pay Zakaah in the past years, he has to pay it when he possesses money. The same rule will apply to the Zakaah of the current year. We use the amount of Zakaah in different welfare projects as per Islamic rulings. The beneficiaries are Al-Fuqaraa and Al-Masaakeen.

Your Zakat is a ray of hope for all those who are unable to meet the basic needs of life.

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