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Can one give zakat for someones education?

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May Allah`s Peace,Mercy and Blessings be upon all of You Could you advise is it ok if we give zakat on education like scholarship to needy / middle class family. Look forward to hear from you atearliest.



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Can one give zakat for someone’s education?

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There is absolutely no harm in helping a needy family in their education expenses from the zakat funds , if the needy family are so poor that they are unable to afford even a basic education for their offspring.


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Your Brother in Islam,






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