Question ID: 25632

I loaned a distant relative money at the begining of this year, which he promised to pay within six weeks of the loan being granted.
He has yet to settle the loan approximately forty weeks later!
It now transpires that he manufactured a lie in order to obtain the loan and has continued to lie regarding the repayment, making repeated promises which he has been unable to keep.
Upon further enquiry it would appear that this person is bankrupt, and has been conning several other people in order to borrow money, and is consequently heavily indebted.
Is it permissable to write off his loan as Zakaat?
Do I have to inform him of this?
Is it allowed to warn other people about his deceitful behaviour?
Jazakallah and may Allah(swt) guide and protect you, and save us all from debt.

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Asked on December 10, 2009 12:00 am
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1.) Cannot write it off as Zakaat.
2.) You can give Zakaat to a third party to help this person out.
3.) You can inform others of this persons wretched behaviour.
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Answered on December 10, 2009 12:00 am