Using zakaat funds to purchase food hampers
 
Q: Is it permissible to use zakaat funds to purchase hampers and feed the poor? Similarly, is it permissible to provide iftaar for the poor in the month of Ramadhaan using zakaat funds?
 
A: It is permissible to use zakaat funds to feed the poor provided the requirement of tamleek is found. Tamleek means to transfer ownership of the wealth to a recipient of zakaat. Therefore, if the poor are given the zakaat hampers, the zakaat will be discharged. If the poor are not given the zakaat hampers but are merely invited for a meal and allowed to partake of it, then zakaat will not be discharged since the requirement of tamleek is not found. Similar is the case regarding the iftaar food during the month of Ramadhaan. If the poor are given the iftaar hampers, the zakaat will be discharged. If the poor are not given the iftaar hampers but are merely invited to partake of food provided, then the zakaat will not be discharged since the requirement of tamleek is not found.
And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
 
Answered by:
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

BANKING DETAILS :

Jamiatul Ulama Western Cape

Nedbank

Branch Code:  198765

Zakaat Account Number:  2010789571

Lillah Account Number: 2010789563

 

Date

Monday, 21 June 2021
Sunday, 10 Dhu al-Qi'dah 1442

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