Missed Zakat

Missed Zakat

In a prophetic tradition we are taught that holding onto Zakat, which is both a debt to Allah and a debt to the poor, has a devastating impact on the believer.

“Zakat is never intermingled with any amount of wealth without destroying and rotting it.” [Bayhaqi]

It is essential therefore to check if we have any shortfalls in our Zakat payments from previous years. Remember that it’s never too late to pay your Zakat from historic years so do not wait until Ramadan before you take action!

  • Restore the blessing in your wealth
  • Revive the third pillar
  • Reclaim your hereafter
  • Return Zakat to its rightful recipients
  • Rebuild your community

Frequently asked questions

  1. I used to be affluent but am now unemployed/retired. Am I still liable to pay missed Zakat?

    One can miss Zakat payments intentionally or unintentionally for a number of reasons:

    • Forgetting Zakat altogether
    • Miscalculating Zakat and as a result not paying at all or paying less than what was due
    • Being lazy and missing Zakat
    • Saving money to purchase something deemed important
  2. What should I do if I have mixed up my voluntary charity with Zakat?
  3. Do I need to pay the entire amount of outstanding Zakat payable in one go?

    The four mainstream schools of Islamic jurisprudence, namely, the Hanafi, Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanbali schools are in agreement that the payment of Zakat is due immediately upon becoming obligatory. Therefore, the outstanding Zakat amount must be paid immediately as a matter of urgency.

  4. How can I have missed paying my Zakat?
  5. To find out the answers to these commonly asked questions and many more click here.

Resources

It’s never too late to identify, calculate and pay your missed Zakat, but similarly it’s never too early so don’t wait until Ramadan before you take action! In fact, it’s extremely important to get up to date with your Zakat as soon as possible to purify your wealth and avoid the severe consequences of withholding Zakat – both in this life and the next.

If you think you may have miscalculated or missed paying Zakat in the past, or you are not sure and just want to be on the safe side, we can help you in the following ways insha’Allah.

Missed Zakat Guide

If you don’t know whether you have any unpaid Zakat from previous years, follow NZF’s Step by Step Guide to find out if you are liable to make up missed Zakat.

Missed Zakat Log

NZF has put together a spreadsheet to make logging previous years’ Zakat simple to help you make up any missed Zakat accurately and easily.

Our aim is for every pound of Zakat that should be paid by Muslims in the UK to be paid accurately and appropriately.We can achieve this vision together by learning about Zakat. Browse through our Knowledge Bank including FAQs, videos and articles to strengthen your knowledge of this fundamental pillar in Islam.

NZF distributes 100% of its Zakat funds in line with the Qur’an and Sunnah, with its Zakat policies and practices being authenticated and audited by the Al-Qalam Shari’ah Panel.

Missed Zakat Guide

If you don’t know whether you have any unpaid Zakat from previous years, follow NZF’s Step by Step Guide to find out if you are liable to make up missed Zakat.

Download

Missed Zakat Log

NZF has put together a spreadsheet to make logging previous years’ Zakat simple to help you make up any missed Zakat accurately and easily.

Download

National Zakat Foundation

PO Box 12051 Creditview
Mississauga, ON
L5C 4R7