Monday, May 27, 2024
No menu items!

Zakaah to those affected by natural disasters

Fatwaa ID: 559

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Can zakat be given to those affected by natural disasters

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

The general laws of determining zakaah eligibility is applicable to those affected by natural disasters. If one is affected by natural disasters and is also eligible to receive zakaah, then zakaah may be given to him by all means. However, if he is not eligible but requires assistance, then zakaah may not be given to him. Rather, he should be assisted with nafl sadaqah.
Donors must apply their due diligence before giving zakaah funds. Just because a welfare organization claims something, it may not always be correct. Many such organizations misuse and abuse zakaah funds. You, the donor, are responsible for that. The organization is your representative.

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

07/17/1444 AH – 02/08/2023 CE | AMG1-2764

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation. 

Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.

References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites. 

Answers may not be used as evidence in any court of law without prior written consent of Darul Iftaa New York.