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Will giving zakah to a madrassa/institution absolve oneself from the obligation of zakah?

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I recently started teaching at a Madrassa and have noticed it needs some upgrading for example chalkboards, desks and carpets for one classroom. The madrassa is supervised by the Talimi Board but is being looked after by a parent. This is its third year running. I would like to know if I can use my zakat or sadaqah money to help buy the above mentioned things?

Answer

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

As-salฤmu โ€˜alaykum wa-rahmatullฤhi wa-barakฤtuh.

One of the conditions for the validity of discharging zakah is to give zakah to a legitimate recipient of zakah, being a poor and a needy person. .[i]

A madrassa is not a person and giving zakah to a madrassa will not absolve oneself from the obligation of discharging zakah. You may use sadaqah/lillah money to contribute to the wellbeing of the madrassa.

And Allah Taโ€™ฤla Knows Best

Mawlana Abdul Hannan Nizami,
Student Darul Iftaa
USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.
www.daruliftaa.net


[i] ุงู„ุฏุฑ ุงู„ู…ุฎุชุงุฑ ูˆุญุงุดูŠุฉ ุงุจู† ุนุงุจุฏูŠู† (ุฑุฏ ุงู„ู…ุญุชุงุฑ) (2/ 344)

ูˆูŽูŠูุดู’ุชูŽุฑูŽุทู ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽูƒููˆู†ูŽ ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฑู’ูู (ุชูŽู…ู’ู„ููŠูƒู‹ุง) ู„ูŽุง ุฅุจูŽุงุญูŽุฉู‹ ูƒูŽู…ูŽุง ู…ูŽุฑู‘ูŽ (ู„ูŽุง) ูŠูุตู’ุฑูŽูู (ุฅู„ูŽู‰ ุจูู†ูŽุงุกู) ู†ูŽุญู’ูˆู (ู…ูŽุณู’ุฌูุฏูย โ€ฆ.

ูˆูŽู‚ูŽุฏู‘ูŽู…ู’ู†ูŽุง ู„ูุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญููŠู„ูŽุฉูŽ ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽุชูŽุตูŽุฏู‘ูŽู‚ูŽ ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุงู„ู’ููŽู‚ููŠุฑู ุซูู…ู‘ูŽ ูŠูŽุฃู’ู…ูุฑูŽู‡ู ุจูููุนู’ู„ู ู‡ูŽุฐูู‡ู ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽุดู’ูŠูŽุงุกู

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ุงู„ูุชุงูˆู‰ ุงู„ู‡ู†ุฏูŠุฉ – ุท. ุฏุงุฑ ุงู„ููƒุฑ (1/ 188)

ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽุจู’ู†ููŠูŽ ุจูุงู„ุฒู‘ูŽูƒูŽุงุฉู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุณู’ุฌูุฏูŽ ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ุงู„ู’ู‚ูŽู†ูŽุงุทูุฑู ูˆูŽุงู„ุณู‘ูู‚ูŽุงูŠูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽุฅูุตู’ู„ูŽุงุญู ุงู„ุทู‘ูŽุฑูŽู‚ูŽุงุชู ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฑู’ูŠู ุงู„ู’ุฃูŽู†ู’ู‡ูŽุงุฑู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฌู‘ู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุฌูู‡ูŽุงุฏู ูˆูŽูƒูู„ู‘ู ู…ุง ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽู…ู’ู„ููŠูƒูŽ ููŠู‡ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠููƒูŽูู‘ูŽู†ูŽ ุจู‡ุง ู…ูŽูŠู‘ูุชูŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูู‚ู’ุถูŽู‰ ุจู‡ุง ุฏูŽูŠู’ู†ู ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽูŠู‘ูุชู ูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ููŠ ุงู„ุชู‘ูŽุจู’ูŠููŠู†ู

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ูุชุงูˆูŠ ู…ุญู…ูˆุฏูŠู‡ (9/568) ุงุฏุงุฑุฉ ุงู„ู‚ุฑุขู†

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