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Using Zakaat for animal welfare

Nasihah (Advice): Eagerness to give charity is sweetness of Imaan

 

Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Mu’awiyyah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Whoever does three deeds will taste the sweetness of Imaan: one who worships Allah alone, who declares there is no God but Allah and one who gives Zakaat from his wealth each year with a cheerful and earnest soul.” (Abu Dawud)

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Question and Answer:

Q: My cat is ill and needs an operation which costs about R5000. Can I use zakaat money to pay for the operation?

 

(Question published as received)

 

A: Zakaat may only be used for humans who fit the required eligibility qualifications for Zakaat. It may not be used for animal welfare and animal expenses.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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