Does the zakat recipient have to know that it is zakat?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Since you can give zakat to one’s needy (biological) brother/sister, can you give it to them as a gift with the intention of it being zakat on your end? Or must you give it to your bro/sis and say that this is zakat for you?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate.

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray that you are well and in the best of health and spirits, Sidi.

It is not a condition for the payment of zakat that the eligible receiver know that what they are receiving is zakat.


Faraz Rabbani


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