Date : 23-12-2009

Question :

We are a Zakah committee concerned of collecting Zakah funds from Mosques and other similar places. Are we permitted to give them to the poor by installments?

The Answer :

Those funds are being collected by the aforementioned committee because people have deputized it to give the Zakah on their behalf to the poor and needy people; however, the delay in paying Zakah while having the capability to do so is impermissible. Al-Imam An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on his soul) said (what means):" The Zakah is due immediately if both (funds and eligible Zakah recipients are present)." [Al-Minhaj]. Therefore, the committee is obliged to give Zakah to its eligible recipients only in cash and without installments. And Allah knows best.