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Participant Fee for a Quran competition

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Sadaqatul Fitr announcement: The Sadaqatul Fitr Amount for 2014 in KwaZulu-Natal has been determined at a minimum of R17.00 per person. Residents of other regions should consult with their local Ulama for the Sadaqatul Fitr amount in their region.




Question and Answer:


Q. We want to have a Quraan competition at our school for little kids as encouragement. The proposed plan is to give umrah tickets as the prize and charge each participant a fee of R100. I Just wanted to check if this is permissible



(Query published as received)



To structure the competition in this manner whereby participants have to pay a fee in order to be part of the competition and eligible for the prize is a form of gambling and is not permissible. The competition should either be held free of charge or if there is a charge, the fees should be in lieu of a fixed and specific exchange; for example, a copy of the Qur’an, Islamic book or a specified service (eg; additional Madrasah classes). There should be no fee attached to the prize-giving competition itself.



And Allah Knows Best




Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed



Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians
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