Paying school fees with zakaat money

Q: An institution puts up its school fees making mention that in the case of a shortfall on the fees because of the increase they will have enough zakaat to cover that shortfall. Would this be permissible?


A: If the zakaat money is given to those children who are eligible to accept the zakaat or the zakaat monies are accepted on behalf of those children who are eligible for zakaat (through informing them and taking their consent) and thereafter the money is used for the school fees of those children, then there is no problem in this and the zakaat will be discharged.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

ويشترط أن يكون الصرف ( تمليكا ) لا إباحة كما مر ( لا ) يصرف ( إلى بناء ) نحو ( مسجد) (شامي 2/344)

واعلم أن أداء الدين عن الدين والعين عن العين وعن الدين يجوز وأداء الدين عن العين وعن دين سيقبض لا يجوز وحيلة الجواز أن يعطي مديونه الفقير زكاته ثم يأخذها عن دينه ولو امتنع المديون مد يده وأخذها لكونه ظفر بجنس حقه فإن مانعه رفعه للقاضي (شامي 2/271)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)