Spend zakah on visa.
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
(May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked
recently got engaged to a new muslim revert. My fiance is currently living in
fiance`s relatives do not yet know about his conversion to Islam. Only his mom
knows about it.. My parents fear that when the other relatives know about it,
they may create problems for both of us.
parents think that if he comes to
we know that zakah can be given to new muslim reverts. But my parents want to
know whether the money they are using to buy the visa (which is quite costly)
can be given as zakah or not to him? Considering the fact that he has reverted
around one and a half yrs ago and is goin to be related to me in the near
future Insha Allah. Please reply asap.. JazakAllah khair.
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Spend zakah on visa
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His
help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide,
and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear
witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear
witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse
are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds),
for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for
those in bondage and in debt, in the Cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus
is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.
Subhanah has prescribed that ‘zakah’ should be only paid to any of the above
eight listed categories:
those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam
those in bondage
those in debt
the Cause of Allah
the way-farer or traveler
Beloved Sister, it would not be appropriate for one to
spend of one’s ‘zakah’ dues to buy their prospective son-in-law a ‘visa’; for
that would not fall within the above listed eight categories where ‘zakah’ dues
can be spent by the believers.
But if the person in question is poor or needy, or his
heart has recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam…..there is no harm if
one gives from one’s zakah dues to him, and the person himself spends the funds
received on fulfilling his needs or anywhere else he might deem appropriate.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only
due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me
alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is
the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and
well wisher in Islam,