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Is it necessary to inform relatives of Zakaat?

Nasihah (Advice): Sheikh Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari (Rahimahullah) used to say: “Allah is greater than to allow his servant to make an immediate deal with him only to reward him with delay”. In other words, when a person does something for the pleasure of Allah or abstains from something that is prohibited for Allah’s pleasure, Allah will make him realise the benefits of it in this world.

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Question and Answer:
Q. When we give Zakaat to our relatives is it essential to inform them that it is from the Zakaat money?
Because when we inform them they are reluctant to take it. Hence please explain.

(Query published as received)

A. It is not necessary to inform them that it is Zakaat. As long as they are deserving recipients of Zakaat, the Zakaat will be discharged. You should note that you cannot give Zakaat to your ascendants, descendants or spouse.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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