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Ruling 1908

If the zakat on dried dates or raisins is obligatory on a person, he cannot give their zakat in the form of fresh dates or grapes. In fact, even if he calculates the value of the produce that he must give as zakat and then gives grapes or fresh dates or raisins or even other dried dates equal to that value in payment for the zakat, it is problematic (maḥall al‑ishkāl) [i.e. based on obligatory precaution, he cannot do this].3 Similarly, if the zakat on fresh dates or grapes is obligatory on him, he cannot give their zakat in the form of dried dates or raisins. And even if he gives other dates or grapes, albeit fresh ones, in payment for the value of the produce, it is also problematic [i.e. based on obligatory precaution, he cannot do this either].

3As mentioned in Ruling 6, the term ‘problematic’ (maḥall al‑ishkāl) amounts to saying that the ruling is based on obligatory precaution.