Discharging zakaat on behalf of an Alzeimers patient

Q: Zaid has one sister. She is 75 years old and is an Alzheimers patient. Her condition is such that sometimes she is unable to recognize her own daughter, always keeps on asking about her son (she actually never had any son), and is living in the past where she thinks her husband and mother are still alive (and in reality they died many years back). She doesn't remember that she has to offer salah.

While distributing their mother's inheritance money, Zaid kept his sister's 4 lakh in his bank account as amanat. There are 5 witnesses over it. He is not using this money as he fears Allah Ta'ala. The pension she gets is enough for her basic needs. Zaid wants to know if he needs to discharge his sister's zakat from her share i.e. 4 lakh rupees, or should it remain untouched as she is not in her senses?

A: No.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)