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Who has to pay Zakat?

Who must give Zakat

Those required to pay Zakat must be:

  • Adult (have reached the age of puberty)
  • Muslim (Zakat is not paid by non-Muslims)
  • Sane
  • In complete ownership of the Nisab

Differences of opinion:

  • The orphan
  • The child (pre-puberty)
  • The mad / insane

The three schools of thought other than the Hanafi school state that Zakat should be paid on qualifying wealth owned by the oprhan, child and the insane.

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