How much ‘zakat’ must be paid?

‘Hajj not acceptable on charity money’

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KUWAIT CITY, April 2: The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs emphasized the importance of precision in fulfilling zakat obligations, including Zakat on wealth, Zakat al-Fitr, and atonement for the penalty of food, as per legal fatwas, reports Al-Jarida daily. Assistant Undersecretary for the Fatwa and Sharia Research Sector, Turki Al-Mutairi, stated that Zakat al-Fitr for this year amounts to “between one dinar and one and a half dinars for each individual.”

Al-Mutairi clarified that it is impermissible to use zakat for Hajj expenses, even if it’s obligatory. Instead, the funds should be directed to those in need. He emphasized that Zakat al-Fitr is obligatory for all eligible Muslims at sunset on the last day of Ramadan, provided they possess wealth beyond their basic needs. Zakat al-Fitr must be paid on behalf of oneself, one’s dependents, and those legally obligated to be supported, including spouses, parents, and children. However, it is not obligatory for servants unless specifically donated on their behalf beforehand. The designated time for paying Zakat al-Fitr is from dawn on Eid al-Fitr until the commencement of the Eid sermon. The fatwa committee determined that the amount of Zakat al-Fitr is equivalent to a sale of the country’s staple food, estimated to be between one dinar and one and a half dinars per individual in Kuwait for this year.

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