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Is it permissible to use zakaat money to buy a second house for a poor woman?

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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullaah,

1) A brother buys a house in India with zakaat money for a poor woman. The woman has no income. So the brother decides to buy another house in India with zakaat money with the intention that the 2nd house will be the income for the poor woman. So is it permissible for the brother to make a 2nd house for the poor woman with zakaat money? If he does make the second house and makes the poor woman the owner, does the woman need to pay zakaat from the rent income or from the house?

2) A brother has another house which has been given out for rent. The mortgage that he pays monthly is more than the rent income he gains from the house. Does zakaat become compulsory from the rent money? And what if the rent he recieves is more than the mortgage he pays?

wassalaam, jazakumullaah

Wa Alaikum Salam,

Apologies for the delay, the answer was in process of approval for 1 day.

1) Yes a house can be purchased for her as she is not Sahib-e-Nisaab (Minimum amount required for Zakaah to become Fardh). If he made her the owner and purchased the house on her behalf then Zakaah is fulfilled.

She will have to give Zakaah on the income from rent.

2) Zakaah is payable on the income from rent.
– If the person owes money to anyone or bank, that amount will be exempted from the Zakaah.
– If the person owes money and is also paying interest on the loan, the interst amount will be included in Zakaah and the amount owed will be excluded.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Saifur Rahman Sahib
London, UK

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