Zakaat To Pay Maintenance For a Child Born Out of Wedlock

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Q: Can zakaat be used to pay maintenance for a child born out of wedlock with a non muslim mother? The child does not live with the father who is married himself with children.

A: Zakaah cannot be used for one’s child born out of wedlock.

( و ) لا إلى ( من بينهما ولاد )

و قال في رد المحتار : وشمل الولاد بالنكاح والسفاح فلا يدفع إلى ولده من الزنا (رد المحتار 2/346)

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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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