Can I Give My Zakah to a Poor Friend?
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Can I Give My Zakah to a Poor Friend?

Questioner

Worth

Reply Date

Jan 15, 2019

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. I have some money to give in zakah. I was thinking that I should give part of this money to my friend who is studying with me, and who is really in need of money. But then I was confused that can I give this money to him, without mentioning that it is the money of zakah? But suddenly, he asked me to give some money to him. Now, my question is that: can I give this money of zakah to him without mentioning that to him?

Mufti

Answer


Can I Give My Zakah to a Poor Friend?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

If your friend is poor and needs money, then he falls under one of these categories and you may give him out of the zakah.


Answering your question, Dr. Muhammad Salama, PhD, Islamic Studies in English, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences al-Madinah International University (Mediu), states:

Almighty Allah says in the Ever-Glorious Quran:

“Indeed, [prescribed] charitable offerings are only [to be given] to the poor and the indigent, and to those who work on [administering] it, and to those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to [free] those in bondage, and to the debt-ridden, and for the cause of God, and to the wayfarer. [This is] an obligation from God. And God is all-knowing, all-wise.” (At-Tawbah 9:60)

So, if your friend is poor and needs money, then he falls under one of these categories and you may give him out of the zakah. You do not have to tell him about the reality of this money.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Dr. Muhammad Salama

Dr. Muhammad Salama, PhD, Islamic Studies in English, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences al-Madinah International University (Mediu)

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