A realistic and genuine attempt must be made to disburse missed Zakat immediately. However, if one genuinely cannot pay the entire outstanding amount due to its large volume, one must pay as much as possible as quickly as possible. The outstanding amount can be divided into instalments.

In addition, it is necessary to write in your will that you have outstanding Zakat. It will be obligatory on the executor of the will to comply with this bequest. This bequest will be fulfilled from one-third of the estate after burial costs and debts as per the Hanafi school of Jurisprudence.

The Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali Schools of Jurisprudence state that a Zakat debt will be paid from the estate even if the deceased person did not bequeath it.

And Allah knows best!

Mufti Faraz Adam