Giving zakaat to one’s driver

Q: My driver in Karachi is a healthy strong man, I pay him salary (about the same as other drivers of similar job get). However he has children and his salary is not enough. He needs money to maintain his motor cycle, to pay children fees. One thing that bothers me is that he is sending his children to a school which is cheapest in the area where he works but is expensive considering his class of people where he lives. Is it jaíz for me to help him with zekat after making sure his total assess are less than the “nisab”? The question arose because in a “waaz”of Helkiymul-ummet reHimehullah, he quotes mewlana Gangohi reHimehullah as saying it is Heram for healthy strong person to beg and it is not jaíz to give Sedeqeh to such persons.

Bismillaah

A:

1. If he is eligible for zakaat, you may assist him.

2. Yes, it is not permissible for him to go around begging if he is healthy and able to work to earn an income. However, if he is poor and has less than the nisaab amount, zakaat can be given to him.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)