Question: What is the ruling if a person passes away without discharging his Fardh Zakat?

Answer: If the deceased made a bequest, then the Zakaat will be discharged from up to one third of the deceased’s estate. However, if the deceased passed away without a bequest, then it will not be compulsory on the heirs to discharge the Zakaat from the estate.

Notwithstanding the above, if any of the heirs desire to voluntarily pay the Zakaat on behalf of the deceased, they may do so.
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