Wakeel Taking Zakaat

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Q: Can a poor, unfettered wakeel (deputised person) of zakat use the money for himself?

A: If the wakeel is poor can he use the zakaat on himself. He cannot use the zakat on himself unless the person who appointed him to distribute the zakat clearly stated “do with it whatever you wish, or “utilize it as it you wish.” If the person merely said distribute this zakat then he cannot use it on himself. He may give the zakat to his immature poor children, his poor wife and mature poor children. However if he is rich then he can only give the zakat to his poor wife and poor mature children not to his poor immature children. If the person told him to give the zakat to a particular person then he has to give it to that person.

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Council of Ulama Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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