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NOT HAVING THE NISAAB CAN A PERSON RECEIVE ZAKAAT?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulUloomTT.net

QUESTION:

As Salaamu Aalikum, 

Just want to find out a question on zakaat. Am married to an American brother, am currently living in the US, however I have money in Trinidad for which I calculate and give zakaat on.

Here in America we fall into the category of receiving zakaat because we don’t have the Nisaab of US$3849.39 in savings, we just live pay cheque to pay cheque we are renting, am not working and we have a second hand car. My question is can we receive Zakaat?

ANSWER:

Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Although you do not have the Nisaab, you cannot be considered as ‘poor and needy’. Al-handulillah you

are working and are able to fulfill your needs and necessities, like many other people. As such, you should not accept zakaat except that you are in a needy state.

And Allah Knows best

Mufti Waseem Khan

16/05/2019

This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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