Informing the donor that one in not eligible for zakaat

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Q: If someone gives me zakaat thinking I am eligible but I’m actually ineligible, should I return the money or keep it?


A: You should return it to him and inform him that you are not eligible for zakaat.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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