Using zakaat funds to pay for expensive medication

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I am a dialysis patient requiring medication every month for approximately 1 year and if not taken, it can be life threatening. Due to the price of these medications being expensive and way out of my budget, so a Muslim medical organisation offered to pay for the medication but through zakaat funds. My question is that despite being sahib-e-nisab, will it be permissible to accept it in this dire circumstance?


A: Purchase the medication on credit and since the total amount of cost of the medication will be more than the wealth you possess, it will be permissible for you to accept the zakaat at that time.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)