Abstract: This study has sought to explore the possibility of paying the monetary value in lieu of in-kind (Zakat of agriculture and livestock produce) and paying it in the form of commercial offers. To that end, the study was guided by the sharia purposes with focus on who pays and benefits from the Zakat dues.
The researcher has used both the inductive and deductive methods to justify the alternative for payment of Zakat for agricultural produce and livestock or the cash payment alternative. This in addition to payment zakat commercial offers in lieu of cash money. The researcher has also used the analytical method to link the alternative justifications with the sharia purposes and arrive at sound judgment for zakat payment and ruling on non-adherence what was specifies in Islam in this regard.
The researcher has found that it’s permissible to pay or give the Zakat of agriculture and livestock produce as cash money. It is also possible to pay the zakat dues in the form of commercial offers in-kinds in lieu of cash. This has been inferred from the shari’a purposes of zakat.
The academic value of the study lies in its demonstration of the possibility of finding justification for an alternative for giving the zakat dues in the form of cash money in line with the shari’a purposes.
In so doing, the zakat benefactor would hold social responsibility towards the needy, and it would make it possible for the zakat beneficiary to make ends meet and accordingly save his/ her dignity
Keywords: monetary value, shari’a purposes of zakat, non-adherence to the due right and preferring alternatives, justification for an alternative to Zakat.