Accepting zakaat funds for a bursary

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I’m a 19 year old student currently studying at Univeristy. My father has just recently got a job but the income barely covers our home expenses and my mother is unemployed. My mother does however have money invested where she receives some every month and this covers the rest of our house expenses. My parents cannot afford to pay my univeristy fees with this money. I have been offered a bursary but they give Zakaat money. I would like to find out if it is permissible for me to accept this money.


A: Apart from the necessities of life, if you do not possess wealth which equals the nisaab amount (after deducting all your debts and liabilities) then it is permissible for you to accept the zakaat.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)