Is there any special virtue for paying Zakat in Ramadan?
A: The paying of Zakat in the month of Ramadhan has been encouraged in the Sunnah.
The Prophet was asked which fast is better after the fast of Ramaḍan, he said: the fast of Sha’bān to honour Ramadan. Then he was asked which charity is best, he said the charity that is given in Ramadan. (Sunan al-Tirmiẓī)
This Ḥadīth signifies the blessings of the month of Ramaḍan. Ramaḍan is a season wherein the rewards for good deeds are magnified. Many assume that Zakat is only paid in Ramaḍan. This is inaccurate. Zakat can be due at any time of the year; Zakat is binding on one’s Zakat anniversary. This can be at any time of the year.
To benefit from the above virtue in the Ḥadīth, one may pay Zakat in advance in Ramaḍan. However, it is incorrect to delay one’s Zakat payment until Ramaḍan and pat Zakat in arrears.
And Allah knows best!
Mufti Faraz Adam