Paying off another person’s debt with zakaat money

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: If person A is in debt, can person B pay zakaat directly to the debtor? Does B have to inform A that he is paying Zakaat directly to the debtor?


A: He should take his consent before paying the debt on his behalf. If he does not take his consent, the zakaat will not be discharged.

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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