Is Deferred Mahr Deducted From One’s Assets When Calculating Zakat?

Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum. Is deferred mahr deducted from one’s assets when calculating Zakat?

Answer: 

Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, both deferred and immediately payable mahr payments can be deducted from one’s assets when calculating zakat. [Mawsili, al-Ikhtiyar] As with everything, a believer should turn to Allah with all his needs, including the repayment of debts. Ask Allah to facilitate its payment for you.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.