Daughter accepting zakaat to pay her father’s hospital bill

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Q: We have a patient that is seriously ill and unconscious. The patient was taken to a government hospital. However, proper treatment was not provided. The people of the community want to help the patient by getting him admitted to a a private hospital where he will be given proper treatment. The hospital bill will be paid with zakaah. However the patient is unconscious and the daughter has jewellery worth R36000, will it be permissible for the daughter to accept the Zakaat on behalf of her unconscious father?


A: If the hospital bills exceed R36000 and she has assumed responsibility of paying them then she can receive the zakaat.

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


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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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