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If I gave Zakaat to a person who was not a recipient of Zakaat, is my Zakaat discharged?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. If I gave Zakaat to a person who was not a recipient of Zakaat, is my Zakaat discharged?


A. It is the sole responsibility of a person to identify an eligible recipient of Zakaat at the time of discharging his/her Zakaat. If after identifying an eligible recipient of Zakaat, the recipient in reality is an ineligible recipient of Zakaat, a person’s Zakaat will still be discharged provided that he/she made the necessary endeavors to ascertain the same at the time. If he/she did not make the necessary endeavors at the time to ascertain the same, his/her Zakaat will not be discharged and the Zakaat will have to be discharged again to an eligible recipient of Zakaat. (Shaami 1/138)

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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