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Money received from bride’s family for furniture

Fatwaa ID: 2217

A.w.w. ,

Hope you’re well, oh honorable scholar.

I had a fiqhī question, which I thought you might be able to answer.

Question is as follows:

A person is getting married. Their in-law’s have given a set amount of money, to purchase some essential’s (bed, furniture, etc.). – Is this money zakātable?

Please advise.


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

At the outset, in many cultures, this is a norm where the bride’s family is obligated or socially pressured to pay a lumpsum amount to the groom so that he may use it to purchase furnitures and essentials. If this money is demanded by the groom or his family or the bride’s family feels socially pressured or obligated to give this, then this is impermissible to give and/or take. If they happily and willingly give it, then that is permissible and may be accepted.

Nevertheless, when such money is gifted to the groom, it becomes his. He may do as he wishes with it. He will be responsible for its zakaah as well. If his zakaah date happens to come while the money is still in his ownership, then he will add it to his calculation and pay zakaah for it.

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

09/03/1445 AH – 03/14/2024 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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