Nowadays only 2-4 % Muslim children attend madrasa where they can be an Alim or Hafiz or Qari, Mufti only. Even if all Muslims attend madrasa they have to go to school or college to get other education like to be a doctor, a dentist, a surgeon, a lawyer, a manager, an engineer, a pilot, a scientist. So, if somebody opens a school or college where these things are being taught along with basic deen, does he get reward (sawab) for his spending ? or can somebody ask for a donation from Muslims for that cause saying that they would get reward (sawab) in Akhirah?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 607/607/SD=07/1437)

Rewards are based on intention. If someone establishes a college and he intends that those who shall get education will serve the nation in future, then definitely it shall fetch rewards. Donations may also be collected from Muslims for it, but it shall not be lawful to collect zakah as it is necessary to make the poor and needy ones the owner of zakah amount. If after becoming a doctor or engineer or advocate one serves the nation with honesty then it is a source of virtues. But whatsoever situation comes in our observation is also obvious that after acquiring these sciences most of the people have made these sciences only the source of income. However, if your intention is good then you shall get its reward; specially if these colleges provided solid religious education then it shall be more useful and shall carry rewards.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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