Using money from an estate to pay for missed salaah, fasts and zakaat

Q: With regards to a sum of R30 000 left behind in a will of a deceased individual, for the following purposes: Zakaat, outstanding fasts, outstanding salaah and donations for madressas/mosques. Is there a specific ruling that can guide one how the money should be divided in such a circumstance?

A: If the deceased included in his will that this amount of wealth should be spent on the following avenues after his demise, and this amount is within one third of his estate, then his bequest is valid. From all these avenues, the money will first be used to pay for the missed salaah, zakaat and fast. If any amount remains thereafter, then it can be donated to the madrasah and musjid.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)