Zakaat for School Fees

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Q: A man earns R5,000 per month. After paying rent, water, lights, food, etc. he has nothing left. His children attend an Islamic school and he can’t afford the fees. Can the school use zakaat for his children to offset the school fees?

A:Yes, the school can use zakaat to pay their school fees with the father’s permission.

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