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Should I give my Zakaah Fund to my friend or to the Madrassa in Bombay?

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One of my close friend has got very poor over a period of time because of not getting proper jobs. Recently I observed his condition to be very bad. One time he asked for a hand loan. Which I provided. He has too many loans on his shoulder. He ask if I could give him Zakaah Fund of mine as a help. Please advice. I used to normally give to Madrassa of students learning Qur’an for becoming Hafiz in my location at Bombay. This Madrassa I believe not charging fees as complusion to its stundent. Please advice at your earliest.


(Fatwa: 601/596=M)

A debtor can be given zakah money. The poor students of a madrasa also can receive zakah. After giving the zakah in possession of the poor, zakah will be valid. But, in the above-mentioned case it is advised to give your debtor friend something from the zakah amount so that he can pay his debts and you receive the reward of helping your friend. Also, keep on contributing the madrasa as well with remaining zakah amount so that the needs of the poor children are also fulfilled. When Allah has given you so much wealth you should help your friend with your money as charity and nafli sadqah as well.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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