Can we use zakat fund to pay off university fees?

Q: Is it permissible for someone to give zakat to a student to pay their uni fees, if that student does not possess nisab, and lives at parent’s home, who pay for all living expenses. Also can people of a family pay zakat into a trust fund to be used for uni fees for their […]

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Do students have to pay zakah on money from a student loan, if they have it in their possession?

Q: Do students have to pay zakāh on money from a student loan, if they have it in their possession? For e.g. a person took out tuition fee loan and maintenance loan (not grant) which roughly comes to about £6000. From that, £3000 is automatically taken by the university i.e. tuition fee which leaves a […]

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Can Zakat be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation?

Q. Can Zakāt be given to those who have been in an accident and need an emergency life saving operation? Can this fall under the category of ‘debtors’ as the individual needs to pay this money for the operation in order to survive? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A. Zakāt can be given only if […]

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Can someone stuck in a ribā-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the ribā-based loan first?

 Q: Can someone stuck in a riba-based loan give voluntary charity, or do they need to pay off the riba-based loan first, given that is a duty, and thereafter resume with giving voluntary charitable donations? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: One who has taken a haram loan or a conventional mortgage should […]

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If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?

Q: If one has given their Zakah in advance for forthcoming years and on the anniversary realises this amount was above his actual Zakah total, can one consider this surplus amount to be a Zakah payment for subsequent years?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب A: If a person has donated their Zakah in advance either […]

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Can charities be considered as al-amileen?

Q: Can charities be considered as al-amileen? If so, what percentage of Zakat may be used for administration costs, and what activities may be considered “administration”   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Aamileen, as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an are the state appointed officials who collect zakat on behalf of the ruler who […]

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Is a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plan able to deduct any future rental installments due to the bank from their zakatable assets?

Q:Is a person who has an Islamic Home Purchase Plan able to deduct any future rental installments due to the bank from their zakatable assets? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: The client cannot deduct rental payments for future periods from his zakatable assets. Only those payments that have fallen due […]

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Can student loans be taken off as a liability for zakah purposes?

Q: Can student loans be taken off as a liability for zakāh purposes?  Is a Student Loan added to ones zakāh liability section as a whole in every zakāh year until it is paid off unlike most deferred payment loans such as mortgages, where only the coming 12 months instalments will be added in the […]

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Is the US university pension scheme permissible?

Q: I would like to enquire whether it is permissible to join the USS pension scheme please? (https://www.uss.co.uk). It is offered by university employers. A: الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب The Universities Superannuation Pension Scheme is a Final Salary (defined benefit) pension scheme. The previous position of the Al-Qalam panel was that defined […]

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How did the Al Qalam panel decide the limit given to National Zakat Foundation caseworkers?

Q: How did the Al-Qalam Shariah Panel decide the limit (10%) that is given to caseworkers, who are involved with administering Zakat according to the National Zakat Foundation? A:  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب The limit of 10% is a not a shar’i limit. Rather, it is intended to ensure that zakat funds are […]

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Do I have to pay zakah on money held for a minor?

Q: I gifted my son £1,000 and hold this in an account in my son’s name. However prior to his 18th birthday he is not able to access that money without my consent. In this instance is he liable for zakāh? الجواب حامدًا و مصليًا و منه الصدق و الصواب A: This would be considered […]

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