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Deducting quoted amount from zakaah

Fatwaa ID: 759

Assalamu alaikum mufti saab. A person wants to renovate his house, he got a quotation of just say £5000. He has not made any contract nor has he made any upfront payments, Can he exclude this amount from zakah?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, debts and immediate expenses are deductible. Accordingly, in the enquired situation, if the contract was not signed yet before the zakaah date or it won’t be signed in the next few days thereafter, then the quoted amount cannot be deducted from the zakaah assessment.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

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