Can Zakaat be given to a woman

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Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012





Can Zakaat be given to a woman in iddat after being divorced? Her husband is also Zakaatable.







Muhtaram / Muhtaramah


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

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

It will be permissible to give zakat to a lady who is in iddat on condition that she is a worthy recipient of Zakaat. Hence she would only be entitled to receive Zakaat if she does not own the Nisaab of Zakaat. The Nisaab of Zakaat works out to 612,36 grams of silver and 87,48 grams of gold or its equivalent in value in the form of cash, stock in trade or assets that shar’eeah deems to be over and above one’s basic necessities.

Hence, if after the deduction of liabilities such as payable debts and unpaid bills, if she does not possess the Nisaab (612,36 grams of silver or 87,48 grams of gold) or its equivalent in value in the form of cash, stock in trade, etc, nor in the form of assets that are beyond her basic necessities such as an extra house, extra furniture, extra clothing, television set, ornaments etc. then she will be eligible to receive Zakaat. [Refer to: Raddul Muhtaar v 2, p 339]





حاشية رد المحتار – (ج 2 / ص 933)

قوله: (أي دون نصاب) أي نام فاضل عن الدين، فلو مديونا فهو مصرف كما يأتي.

قوله: (مستغرق في الحاجة) كدار السكني وعبيد الخدمة وثياب البذلة وآلات الحرفة وكتب العلم للمحتاج إليها تدريسا أو حفظا أو تصحيحا كما مر أول الزكاة.

والحاصل أن النصاب قسمان: موجب للزكاة وهو النامي الخالي عن الدين.

وغير موجب لها

وهو غيره، فإن كان مستغرقا بالحاجة لمالكه أباح أخذها، وإلا حرمه وأوجب غيرها من صدقة الفطر والاضحية ونفقة القريب المحرم كما في البحر وغيره.


And Allah Ta’aala Knows Best

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