Social security parent’s fund

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Q: Please confirm if it is Islamically allowed to be on social security parents as I have heard that it is from money that is from unislamic sources such as riba and gambling etc, and we should not partake in it. I know that some people pretend to be a single mother when their not. They are lying and that is impermissible.They lie to obtain more money for themselves, their husband and their kids. But I am telling the truth me and my husband are on fortnightly payments. My children also receive some money from the government on a fortnightly basis. Is this allowed? Please confirm as I am very concerned about this issue.


A: If the social security parent’s fund is completely owned, run and controlled by the government, then since the government of the country has accepted the obligation and responsibility of taking care of the citizens of the country, it will be permissible for one to accept the monetary assistance provided by the government to parents who are unable to support their families. 

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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