Message No : 4Sr.No : 106/725
Question By : chun

Mufti Sahab,
If a lady has gold less than 7 1/2 tolas and her husband earns enough for running the house, but cannot give for other essentials to his wife or sons, then can she accept Zakaat money for children's education from her rich sister who forces her to take & the lady refuses as she has never taken before & feels guilty as she thinks that the poorer needs it more.Also if she can take help for a bigger house as her house is small & has to get her sons married.


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful
Assalamu Alaikum
Dear Sister in Islam
The answer of your question is as follows:

Zakat is obligatory on a Muslim to pay the 2.5% of property if he/she owns the property on which zakat is levied. It is in fact a basic feature of the economic system of Islam. Zakat is due on the wealth of the rich and made over to the needy. There are some classes of people whose need is great and should be relieved. The Glorious QurĄŻaan mentioned eight Masarif (expenditures) of Zakat:
1. Faqeer (Poor)
2. Miskeen (Needy)
3. Those empolyed to administer the funds of Zakat
4. Those whose hearts have been recently reconciled to truth (the people who have been weaned from hostility to truth, who would probaly be persecuted by their former associates, and require assistance until they establish new connection in their new environment.)
5. Those in bondage
6. Those in debt
7. Those who are struggling and striving in the cause of Allah by fighting.
8. Strangers stranded on the way.

Faqeer is one who owns less property on which Zakat is levied or has the same but not sufficient enough for his/her essential needs. (Alamghiri V: 1 P: 187) The woman refered in the question is liable to take Zakat if she does not have any mount of money except the described gold. And her husband mentioned in the question is Faqeer (liable to receive Zakat). It is the moral obligatory of the rich relative to help them by Zakat and charity. They are allowed to fulfil their own needs and the need of their children by Zakat. (Qudoori 50)

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