Can you give zakat to a businessman once affluent but now under serious debt burden?
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you give zakat to a businessman once affluent but now under serious debt
you combine zakat and sadgah e zariah, i.e. treat zakat as sadgah?
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Zakah to businessman
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Your Question: Can you
give zakat to a businessman once affluent but now under serious debt burden?
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah
Taubah verse 60:
60 Alms 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
Allah Subhanah has prescribed that ‘zakah’ should be 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
Allah Subhanah has Commanded and Guided the believers that
‘Zakah’ must be distributed to any of the above absolutely vast eight
categories only; for all other categories, one may help them through voluntary
and supererogatory charity or ‘sadaqah’ but not through ‘Zakah’ funds.
If one finds a believer who was once a affluent
businessman but now under serious debt burdens, it would indeed be lawful and
permissible to spend on such a needy person from one’s ‘zakah’ dues.
Question: Can you combine zakat and sadgah e zariah, i.e. treat zakat as
Every form of charity, including the obligatory ‘zakah’,
is part of ‘sadaqah’; and if one spends from their ‘zakah’ dues on an eligible
‘sadaqah jaariyah’ (continuous charity) there is absolutely no harm.
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,