From the Fatwa Department
Q: Can Zakaat be used to pay off the financial debts of a person in financial difficulty. The payment is intended to be made directly to his creditors? It is feared that if the Zakaat money is given to him he will misuse it?
Q. My husband and I live with my parents-in-law. My father-in-law is retired and my mother-in-law is a surgeon (a bread winner). My mother-in-law takes care of most of our expenses such as food, shelter, college tuition, etc. My husband works in his mother's office. My husband and I have more than the zakatable assets.
Q.) My question is that we don't have our own house but we have a plot and some saved money for construction purpose. We understand that we don't have to pay Zakat on piece of land but not sure about the money saved that is still not enough for the construction purpose. Please guide us.
Q: Can Zakaat be used to pay off a poor persons debt?
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.
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?