Can Zakat be Given with the Condition to Buy a Plot of Land

Fatwa ID: 04078

Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

 

Question

 

A family we know doesn't have a house of their own. Can they be given Zakat to buy land and build a house, if they don't possess the amount of nisaab

 

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer

 

The principle for the validity of Zakat is that the recipient must take full, complete and unattached ownership of the Zakat. (Aapke Masaail p.389 v.3)

 

Regarding your question, it would not be permissible to give some Zakat money to a poor person with the condition that he needs to purchase land and build a house on it. However, if somebody with the Zakat money purchased land and built a house with Zakat money and then gave the house to the poor without attaching any conditions and made the poor the owner of the house, then such a Zakat would be considered valid. (Ahsanul Fatawa p.490 v.4)

 

 

Only Allah Knows Best

Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

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