Extending Zakat distribution


Asalamualiekum warahmatulahi wabarakatuh

Can Zakat that is given now be given throughout the following year or it has to be given out now. The question is asked in relation to an organization getting Zakat money. Does the organization have to disperse the funds right away or can do so through out the year


Waalaykumussalam warahmatullah wabarakatuh.

The amount that is due must be given as soon as it becomes due by agreement of the jurists and it is impermissible to delay it or break it down into installments over time unless it cannot be helped, for example when one has no access to the funds he must pay out except in installments. Otherwise it is a sin to do so. And Allah knows best.
(Al-Mawsu`at al-Fiqhiyya al-Kuwaytiyya 10:9; 13:83; 23:294-296).

The only difference between an individual and an organization is that the organization is the middle man who delays the remittance of zakat monies to its rightful recipients who commits the haram.

If the original remitter knows of it and goes along with it then the same sin applies to him as well.

Hajj Gibril Haddad

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