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Using Zakaat for paying staff

Nasihah (Advice): Every day a Muslim obeys Allah is a day of Eid

 

Shaikh Hasan Al-Basri Rahimahullah has said, “Every day in which Allah is not disobeyed is a day of Eid. Every day the believer spends in obedience, servitude, remembrance, and gratitude is a day of Eid.” (Lata’if Al-Ma’arif)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. I have a small business and I have a few staff. I cannot afford to pay all my staff their salaries. Can I use Zakaat money to pay them their salaries?

 

  1. A. Zakaat money cannot be used to pay an employee his salary. If an employee is an eligible recipient of Zakaat, he may be assisted with Zakaat apart from his salary but Zakaat cannot form part of his salary.

 

Keeping in mind the rights of employees and the smooth running of a business, employers should employ a sustainable amount of employees and not more than they can manage.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

 

Confirmation:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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