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Do we have to repay the zakat money, it it was stolen?


Someone stole my mother’s purse. Zakat amount was also in the purse. Do we need to pay  zakat again or not?


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

Yes, if the Khums money or Zakat is stolen it has to be re-paid.

Before delivering it to the Mujtahid or his authorized representative, as it is considered unpaid so it must be paid again.


There are 2 things in Islam. One is Zakat and the other is Khums. We believe in both whereas some of the people don’t accept Khums nowadays, which had been there since the time of our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.w).
According to Shia aspect the following are the things regarding Zakat and Khums.
Zakat is wajib (obligatory) on the following nine items:
Coins: silver; gold
Cattle: cows; sheep and goats; camels
Crops: wheat; barley; dates; raisins
And Khums is on the surplus to annual expenses. If your income exceeds the annual expenses of yourself and your family, Khums (20%) should be paid from the excess.
According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany Zakat is Wajib on 10 things:
Ruling 1871. Zakat is obligatory (wājib) on ten things:
1. wheat;  2. barley;  3. dates;  4. raisins;  5. gold;  6. silver;  7. camels;  8. cows;  9. sheep [and goats];  10. business goods, based on obligatory precaution (al-ihtiyāt al-wājib).

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany Khums is wajib on:
Ruling 1768.
Khums becomes obligatory (wājib) on seven things:

  1. profit from earnings;
  2. mined products;
  3. treasure troves;
  4. lawful (Halāl) property that has become mixed with unlawful (Harām) property;
  5. precious stones that are acquired by underwater diving;
  6. spoils of war;
  7. land that a dhimmī purchases from a Muslim, based on the well-known (mashhūr) juristic opinion.

To read details of the above mentioned seven things please visit:

Khums has been mentioned and made compulsory in Quran in Surah Anfal/41

وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا غَنِمْتُم مِّن شَيْءٍ فَأَنَّ لِلَّـهِ خُمُسَهُ وَلِلرَّسُولِ وَلِذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَالْيَتَامَىٰ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ إِن كُنتُمْ آمَنتُم بِاللَّـهِ وَمَا أَنزَلْنَا عَلَىٰ عَبْدِنَا يَوْمَ الْفُرقَانِ يَوْمَ الْتَقَى الْجَمْعَانِ  وَاللَّـهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Know that whatever thing you may come by, a fifth of it is for Allah and the Apostle, for the relatives and the orphans, for the needy and the traveller, if you have faith in Allah and what We sent down to Our servant on the Day of Separation, the day when the two hosts met; and Allah has power over all things.


May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider