Country: Hyderabad, India,
FQ 37: In Muslim society, there are some people who are so poor that if there is a death in the family, then the burial becomes a big issue for them. We, youth, have decided that we will collect Zakaat money and arrange for the burial of the poor people. Is this allowed in the Shariah?
Answer: This desire to serve the society is really appreciable. Allah Most High will also be pleased by this and the society should also try to follow this.
As far as collecting Zakaat amount for burial purposes is concerned, it is necessary that the poor person to whom Zakaat is given should be made the complete owner of the Zakaat amount. Since in using Zakaat money for burial purposes, this ownership is not transferred and this cannot be done in this manner. As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg No. 170. Thus, instead of using Zakaat amount for this, you may collect money which is not Zakaat amount.
And Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) knows best.
FQ 38: Should we pay Zakah on the money kept in the bank as fixed deposit also?
Answer: If somebody has 60 gm 755 mg gold or 425 gm 285 mg silver or its equivalent wealth/cash, which is safe from debt and on which a year has passed, then giving its Zakah is necessary.
If you add your gold, silver and other wealth to the amount you have kept in fixed deposit that meets the criteria of Zakah or if it itself meets the criteria, then as 1 year passes on it, Zakah becomes obligatory (Fardh) on it.
And Allah The Mighty and The Majestic knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,
[Professor of Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder/Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]