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Can I give zakat to a person who buys expensive clothing?

Question

I would like to know if i can give zakat to someone who buys expensive clothes, mobile phones shoes and other items? I also have doubts about the person who we give zakat to because ive seen her wear gold jewellery but my husband don’t have doubts because he says she must have borrowed gold from someone and she phones my husband that she is entitled to it her son is always wearing nice clothes he has a very expensive motar bike  she is widowed so are you allowed to give zakat who goes out and buy expensive things?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

On the outset, it should be understood that zakat can only be given to the rightful recipients of zakat . Allah Ta`ala says;

{ إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ [التوبة: 60]

Translation:

Alms (zakat) are only for the poor (who have nothing or very little), the destitute (people whose total wealth is less than the value of nisaab)

If a person has excess wealth equivalent to 87.475 grams of gold or 612,34 grams of silver or their equivalent value in local currency besides his/her basic needs, then he/she is liable to pay zakat and can therefore not receive zakat. However, If a person’s liabilities exceed his assets and income, he qualifies to receive zakat.

If it had been established that the recipients in your query are legitimate recipients of zakat, then the zakat given to them will be valid and discharged. It is not necessary to inspect how the recipients of zakat spend the money.

However, zakat is meant to support the underprivileged. Therefore, one should not take advantage of zakat funds .

It seems that you are in doubt whether or not they are a rightful recipients of zakat. We advise that before you discharge your zakat you thoroughly investigate whether or not they are eligible to receive zakat. If you still don’t feel satisfied, you should explain to your husband and consider giving your zakat to those you are convinced and are eligible of receiving zakat.

If your husband still wants to assist them, he may support them by giving them sadaqah.

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hafizurrahman Fatehmahomed

Student Darul Iftaa
Netherlands 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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