Purchasing an item while one has outstanding zakaat to pay

Q: If a person had missed Zakat of £1000 and all he had was £1000 in his possession and he bought a phone for £500 for example, what is the ruling on that phone - is it haram for him to keep, is it his property etc?

A: If he purchased the phone with his money, the phone will be halaal for him. However, he should discharge the zakaat that was missed for the previous years and make taubah for delaying.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)