Taking back zakaat money

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Q: I gave my zakaat to a lady to purchase a blender to start her business after she informed me that she was eligible to collect Zakaat. Later I found out from her that she used the money for unnecessary things and had no intention of furthering her business. She still has the balance of the money. Do I take the balance and give it to someone who is deserving of Zakaat?


A: Your zakaat is discharged. It is not permissible for you to take the money back from her.

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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