24 May 2019   18. Ramadan 1440
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From the Fatwa Department

Q: Can Zakaat be used to pay off a poor persons debt?


: Is Zakaat payable on e-bucks and voyager miles?


October 2007

Q: Can a daughter give her zakaat to her widowed mother who lives of a state grant?


Zakaat cannot be given to one's ascendants, descendants and spouse. hence she cannot give Zakaat to her mother. if hse has alternate funds to assist her mother she should be assisted with the alternate funds. if not, her mother may receive Zakaat from others if she is deserving.


Mufti Shafiq Jakhura
Iftaa Department, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre
I concur with the answer:
Mufti Zubair Bayat
Ameer, Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre




Charity with a prize incentive!A certain organisation requests contribution towards a noble charity initiative. An incentive for making a contribution is an entry into a draw with the possibility of winning a lucrative prize. The organisers have made it clear that no monies from the charity would be utilised for the prizes. The prizes are sponsored independently. Is such an initiative in order?

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