Zakaat On Lost Items

Question

Is zakaat payable on a lost item? What happens if the item is found after some time? Does zakaat have to be paid for the years in between?

Answer

It is not necessary to pay Zakaat on such items which are missing and there is no hope of retrieving them. If these items are later found, it will not be necessary to calculate and pay Zakaat for those years in which the items were missing.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

References

البناية شرح الهداية (٣٠٤/٣)
ومن له على آخر دين فجحده سنين ثم قامت له بينة لم يزكه لما مضى معناه صارت له بينة بأن أقر عند الناس وهي مسألة مال الضمار … ومن جملته المال المفقود

رد المحتار (٢٦٦/٢)
 (ولا في مال مفقود) وجده بعد سنين… والأصل فيه حديث علي لا زكاة في مال الضمار»… (قوله لا زكاة في مال الضمار الضمار بالضاد المعجمة بوزن حمار . قال في البحر وهو في اللغة الغائب الذي لا يرجى، فإذا رجي ليس بضمار، وأصله الإضمار، وهو التغييب والإخفاء، ومنه أضمر في قلبه شيئا

حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: ٧١٦)
وإذا قبض مال الضمار لا تجب زكاة السنين الماضية قوله : “وإذا قبض مال الضمار” هو مال تعذر الوصول إليه مع قيام الملك درر

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