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Giving someone Zakaat money to distribute

Q: I have a question about zakaat money. Every year I collect zakaat money from family and friends and distribute it to those that I know are deserving of it. I wanted to know if I can also take from the zakaat money for my own needs. My personal situation is that I believe that I am eligible for zakaat.


A: If people give you zakaat to distribute on their behalf to those who are deserving, then you cannot take the money for yourself even though you are eligible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وللوكيل أن يدفع لولده الفقير وزوجته لا لنفسه إلا إذا قال ربها ضعها حيث شئت (الدر المختار 2/ 269)

لو قال لرجل ادفع زكاتي إلى من شئت أو أعطها من شئت فدفعها لنفسه لم يجز وفي جوامع الفقه جعله قول أبي حنيفة وعند أبي يوسف يجوز ولو قال ضعها حيث شئت جاز وضعها في نفسه (حاشية الشلبي علي تبيين الحقائق 1/ 305)

فتاوى محمودية 14/ 167

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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