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Can one use funds from the Sadaqah Box for ones personal use?

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I have kept a sadqa box in which daily we put some little amount in morning one day each kid will put money in it so that kids should leran to spend in path of Allah.We give it some needy person at the end of the month .If some time if we dont have any amount(like end of t he month ) if some urgent basic minimum need arises(happen rarely) in such situation can is it halal/jayaz spend it on my family and children if some need arises when we are in need.


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

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

The purpose of the Sadaqah box is to nurture the children to spend in the path of Allah. If that donated money will be used for personal needs and that is observed by the children, then the purpose of the Sadaqah box will be defeated and in fact it may have an adverse effect. The children may tend to think that money donated for the path of Allah may be used for oneself.

While the use of the Sadaqah money is permissible, as spending on oneโ€™s family is also Sadaqah, we advise against it. [1]

And Allah Taโ€™ฤla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambiaย 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]ย ุงู„ู…ุจุณูˆุท ู„ู„ุณุฑุฎุณูŠ (12/ 48)ย 

ย ูˆูŽุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ูƒูŽุงู„ู’ู‡ูุจูŽุฉู – ุนูู†ู’ุฏูŽู†ูŽุง – ูููŠ ุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ู„ูŽุง ูŠููˆุฌูŽุจู ุงู„ู’ู…ูู„ู’ูƒู ู„ูู„ู’ู…ูุชูŽุตูŽุฏู‘ูŽู‚ู ุนูŽู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ุฅู„ู‘ูŽุง ุจูุงู„ู’ู‚ูŽุจู’ุถู ุฎูู„ูŽุงูู‹ุง ู„ูู…ูŽุงู„ููƒู – ุฑูŽุญูู…ูŽู‡ู ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู –

ูˆูŽูููŠ ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ุฎูู„ูŽุงููŒ ุจูŽูŠู’ู† ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุญูŽุงุจูŽุฉูุŒ ูˆูŽู…ูŽู†ู’ ุจูŽุนู’ุฏูŽู‡ูู…ู’ – ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุชูŽุนูŽุงู„ูŽู‰ ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ู’ -ุŒ ูˆูŽูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุนูŽู„ููŠู‘ูŒ ูˆูŽุงุจู’ู†ู ู…ูŽุณู’ุนููˆุฏู – ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ูŽุง – ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ูŽุงู†ู: ุฅุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽุนู’ู„ูŽู…ู’ุช ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉูŽ ุฌูŽุงุฒูŽุชู’ุŒ ูˆูŽูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงุจู’ู†ู ุนูŽุจู‘ูŽุงุณู ูˆูŽู…ูุนูŽุงุฐูŒ – ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ู’ – ูŠูŽู‚ููˆู„ูŽุงู†ู ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุฌููˆุฒู ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ุฅู„ู‘ูŽุง ู…ูŽู‚ู’ุจููˆุถูŽุฉู‹. ูˆูŽุนูŽู†ู’ ุดูุฑูŽูŠู’ุญู ูˆูŽุฅูุจู’ุฑูŽุงู‡ููŠู…ูŽ ุงู„ู†ู‘ูŽุฎูŽุนููŠู‘ู – ุฑูŽุญูู…ูŽู‡ูู…ูŽุง ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุชูŽุนูŽุงู„ูŽู‰ – ูููŠู‡ู ุฑููˆูŽุงูŠูŽุชูŽุงู†ู ุฐูŽูƒูŽุฑูŽู‡ูู…ูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ูƒูุชูŽุงุจูุ› ููŽุฃูŽุฎูŽุฐู’ู†ูŽุง ุจูุญูŽุฏููŠุซู ุงุจู’ู†ู ุนูŽุจู‘ูŽุงุณู – ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ูŽุง -ุŒ ูˆูŽุญูŽู…ูŽู„ู’ู†ูŽุง ู‚ูŽูˆู’ู„ูŽ ุนูŽู„ููŠู‘ูุŒ ูˆูŽุนูŽุจู’ุฏู ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุจู’ู†ู ู…ูŽุณู’ุนููˆุฏู – ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงู„ู„ู‘ูŽู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ูŽุง – ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ุตูŽุฏูŽู‚ูŽุฉู ุงู„ุฑู‘ูŽุฌูู„ู ุนูŽู„ูŽู‰ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุฏูู‡ู ุงู„ุตู‘ูŽุบููŠุฑูุŒ ูˆูŽุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ุจูุงู„ู’ุฅูุนู’ู„ูŽุงู…ู ูŠูŽุชูู…ู‘ูุ› ู„ูุฃูŽู†ู‘ูŽู‡ู ูŠูŽุตููŠุฑู ู‚ูŽุงุจูุถู‹ุง ู„ูŽู‡ู

ุงู„ู‡ุฏุงูŠุฉ ููŠ ุดุฑุญ ุจุฏุงูŠุฉ ุงู„ู…ุจุชุฏูŠ (3/ 228)

ู‚ุงู„: “ูˆุงู„ุตุฏู‚ุฉ ูƒุงู„ู‡ุจุฉ ู„ุง ุชุตุญ ุฅู„ุง ุจุงู„ู‚ุจุถ”ุ› ู„ุฃู†ู‡ ุชุจุฑุน ูƒุงู„ู‡ุจุฉ

ุงู„ู…ุญูŠุท ุงู„ุจุฑู‡ุงู†ูŠ ููŠ ุงู„ูู‚ู‡ ุงู„ู†ุนู…ุงู†ูŠ (6/ 264)

ุงู„ูุตู„ ุงู„ุซุงู†ูŠ ุนุดุฑ: ููŠ ุงู„ุตุฏู‚ุฉ

ู‚ุงู„ ู…ุญู…ุฏ ุฑุญู…ู‡ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ููŠ ยซุงู„ุฃุตู„ยป : ูˆุงู„ุตุฏู‚ุฉ ุจู…ู†ุฒู„ุฉ ู‡ุจุฉ ููŠ ุงู„ู…ุดุงุน ูˆุบูŠุฑ ุงู„ู…ุดุงุน ููŠ ุญุงุฌุชู‡ุง ุฅู„ู‰ ุงู„ู‚ุจุถุ› ู„ุฃู†ู‡ุง ุชุจุฑุน ูƒุงู„ู‡ุจุฉุŒ ู‚ุงู„: ุฅู„ุง ุฃู†ู‡ ู„ุง ุฑุฌูˆุน ููŠ ุงู„ุตุฏู‚ุฉ ุฅุฐุง ุชู…ุชุŒ ูู‚ุฏ ุจู‚ูŠ ุงู„ุฑุฌูˆุน ููŠ ุงู„ุตุฏู‚ุฉ ู…ุทู„ู‚ุง ู…ู† ุบูŠุฑ ูุตู„ ุจูŠู†ู‡ู…ุง ุฅุฐุง ูƒุงู† ุงู„ู…ุชุตุฏู‚ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ุบู†ูŠุง ุฃูˆ ูู‚ูŠุฑุงุŒ ูˆุงุฎุชู„ูุง ุงู„ู…ุดุงูŠุฎ ููŠู‡

ุงู„ุฏุฑ ุงู„ู…ุฎุชุงุฑ ูˆุญุงุดูŠุฉ ุงุจู† ุนุงุจุฏูŠู† (ุฑุฏ ุงู„ู…ุญุชุงุฑ) (5/ 690)

(ูˆุงู„ุชู…ูƒู† ู…ู† ุงู„ู‚ุจุถ ูƒุงู„ู‚ุจุถ ูู„ูˆ ูˆู‡ุจ ู„ุฑุฌู„ ุซูŠุงุจุง ููŠ ุตู†ุฏูˆู‚ ู…ู‚ูู„ ูˆุฏูุน ุฅู„ูŠู‡ ุงู„ุตู†ุฏูˆู‚ ู„ู… ูŠูƒู† ู‚ุจุถุง) ู„ุนุฏู… ุชู…ูƒู†ู‡ ู…ู† ุงู„ู‚ุจุถ (ูˆุฅู† ู…ูุชูˆุญุง ูƒุงู† ู‚ุจุถุง ู„ุชู…ูƒู†ู‡ ู…ู†ู‡) ูุฅู†ู‡ ูƒุงู„ุชุฎู„ูŠุฉ ููŠ ุงู„ุจูŠุน ุงุฎุชูŠุงุฑ ูˆููŠ ุงู„ุฏุฑุฑ ูˆุงู„ู…ุฎุชุงุฑ ุตุญุชู‡ ุจุงู„ุชุฎู„ูŠุฉ ููŠ ุตุญูŠุญ ุงู„ู‡ุจุฉ ู„ุง ูุงุณุฏู‡ุง ูˆููŠ ุงู„ู†ุชู ุซู„ุงุซุฉ ุนุดุฑ ุนู‚ุฏุง ู„ุง ุชุตุญ ุจู„ุง ู‚ุจุถ

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