Paying the Zakaah before its appointed time

Reference: Fataawa ash-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee fil-Madeenah wal-Imaaraat – Page 118;
Fataawa al-Imaaraat – Page 61

Question: Is it permissible to extract the zakaah before its [appointed] time; Such as two or three months [before]?

Response: There is no harm in [doing] that, because this [practice] was established by the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when he [permitted the] taking of two years worth of zakaah from his uncle al-‘Abbaas in advance.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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