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It turns out that I have been incorrectly calculating my zakah for the last few years and I have paid less than I should have. However during those years I did also pay lillah and sadaqah.

Can I use the the sadaqah and lillah I paid during those years to count towards the zakah I owe for the previous years? I would appreciate an answer that conforms to the Hanafi madhhab.

  • I came to the conclusion that they couldn't be counted towards the missed zakat as there are specific criteria for who can receive zakat money which don't apply to sadaqah. – Missing Chromosome Jun 23 '17 at 20:00
  • How do you come to this conclusion if the Qur'an verse ordering zakat and showing the order or recipients is the one used to conclude a ruling for sadaqah as it in fact uses the wording sadaqah instead of zakat (9:60)? And what do you mean by lillah? – Medi1Saif Jun 18 '18 at 5:36
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Sadaqah is any amount of money donated for the pleasure of Allah swt and intended for the poor. However the term Sadaqah also applies to money donated for any noble cause, as well.

Lillah is simply any goodness given or done with the intent to please Allah swt

  • But can they be counted towards missed zakat? – Rebecca J. Stones Jun 21 '17 at 23:56
  • @Rebecca I thought you'd like to know that in the end I came to the conclusion that they couldn't be counted towards the missed zakat as there are specific criteria for who can receive zakat money which don't apply to sadaqah. – Missing Chromosome Jun 23 '17 at 19:59

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