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Zakaah on the savings of a bipolar person

Fatwaa ID: 851

Assalamu Alaykum

Just wanted to ask if a person has to pay zakat on their savings when they suffer from bipolar disorder and is dependent on medication to keep well and stable? What is the ruling on this?

JazakAllah Khairan

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

At the outset, zakaah is applicable on all zakaatable assets, including savings, bank balances, investments, cash in hand, pocket money and spare change. It is not for savings only. Nevertheless, a person who suffers from bipolar disorder will be liable for zakaah unless he has permanently lost complete awareness and judgment. If the loss is temporary or not complete, then he will not be exempt.

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

08/23/1444 AH – 03/15/2023 CE | AML1-7326

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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