In Countries with No Muslim Sultan,  who do you Give the Zakah of Free-Roaming Animals

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Answered by: Shaykh Umer Khan



In countries with no Muslim sultan,  who do you give the Zakah of free-roaming animals?



بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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





Ibn Ḥajar Al-ʻAsqalānī states that Imām Al-Ṭaḥāwī reports: "Muslim Bin Yasār said that AbūʻAbdillāh, a man from the Saḥābah would say: Zakāh, ḥudūd, fay' (spoils) and Jumu'ah are [consigned] to the Sulṭān. (Fatḥu al-Bārī, 12/163). However, the Ḥanafī jurists have ruled that in the absence of a Muslim ruler, zakāh and Friday prayers remain obligatory and must still be established.


You may pay the zakāhon the free-roaming animals to anyone who is deserving of it. The Zakah may be paid in kind or as its equivalent in cash (Al-Ikhtiyār, 1/102).



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Written by Shaykh Umer Khan

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