Neeyat Of Zakat On Lent Money

I gave some money to my friend when he is in need. At that time I didn't do the neeyat of anything. Now he is not in a position to return that amount. Can I neeyat now that I spend this money as a Zakat.

It is not enough to make niyyat (intention) of Zakat with money that you lent your friend.  But if you want to do a favor in this regard, the permissible way is that your friend should borrow the same amount from any third person and he return it to you and after taking it in your possession you should make niyyat of Zakat and give it your friend if he eligible to receive Zakat then he return to third person from whom he borrowed second time to return you. And there is no wrong as par Shariah.

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