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Giving zakaah to a student of knowledge

Fatwaa ID: 766

Assalamu Alaykum,

A poor relative in Bangladesh, his son wants to enrol on a course to better his life (Islamic Studies and Sciences) they need help with fee’s.
Is this zakat eligible? Please advise?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A person will not qualify as an eligible recipient of zakaah merely on virtue of being a student of knowledge. The general guidelines will be applicable to determine whether the student in question is eligible to receive zakaah or not.

If the student above is non-baaligh, then his father’s wealth will be assessed. If he is baaligh, then his own wealth will be assessed. If his zakaatable assets and non-essential wealth together are less than the quantum, then he will be eligible to receive zakaah. If they are more, than he will not be eligible. However, you may assist him with nafl sadaqah. That will be greatly rewarding.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/10/1444 AH – 03/02/2023 CE | AMG3-3454

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


It is unfortunate that many institutes abuse and misuse zakaah funds. If an institute claims that some of their students are zakaah eligible, apply your discretion and verify their claim. It is your right to demand complete transparency and details.


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