Can I Borrow Money from My Son to Pay My Zakah?

07 September, 2018
Q My Zakah is due, but my funds are invested in a mutual fund and if I sell now, it'll be at a loss. Can I borrow money from my son to pay my Zakah?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Yes, you can borrow money from your son to pay your zakah as long as you believe you are able to pay it back.


In his response to your question, Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf, Professor of Islamic Finance and Economics at Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, states:

Yes, you can borrow money from your son to pay your zakah as long as you believe you are able to pay it back

In fact, it is better to do that because delaying the payment of zakah with ability to pay through this means is not permissible.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: www.monzer.kahf.com

About Prof. Dr. Monzer Kahf
Dr. Monzer Kahf is a professor and consultant/trainer on Islamic banking, finance, Zakah, Awqaf, Islamic Inheritance, Islamic estate planning, Islamic family law, and other aspects of Islamic economics, finance, Islamic transactions (Mu'amalat). Dr. Monzer Kahf is currently Professor of Islamic Finance & Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, Turkey