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The Zakaat of an item that was stolen or lost


Nasihah (Advice): Zakaat on stock-in-trade


Sayyiduna Samurah Bin Jundub Radhiyallahu Anhu reports: “Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to order us to pay the Sadaqah (Zakaat) on what (stock) we prepared (intended) for trade. (Abu Dawood)




Question and Answer:


  1. A person did not pay Zakaat on her jewellery for the past ten years. Now, all the jewellery has been stolen. Does it still remain compulsory upon her to pay Zakaat on the jewellery for the past ten years?



  1. In principle, Zakaat does not remain compulsory upon wealth that has been stolen or lost. Hence, if a person did not discharge the Zakaat on her jewellery and it was later stolen or lost, the Zakaat on that jewellery will no longer be compulsory to discharge. (Shaami 2/361)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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