Fatwa: # 41804
Category: Charity, Obligatory (Zakaat)
Country: South Africa
Date: 1st May 2019

Title

I made a vow to give a specific sum of money in charity

Question

Assalamualaikum 

I made a vow to give a specific sum of money in charity if a certain action was done. Due to it being a large sum of money, Could I give the money out over time to random beggers on the street, car guards, good causes that I come across etc.? Or does it have to be given to a poor Muslim one who is eligible to receive Zakaat? My intention at the time of making the vow was just general charity. 

JazakAllah 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The money should be only given to poor Muslims who are eligible to receive zakat.(1)

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Anas Sharieff Qasmi.

Student Darul Iftaa

Hyderabad, India.

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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(1)        قال ابن عابدین: وہو مصرف أیضا لصدقة الفطر والکفارة والنذر واغیر ذلک من الصدقات الواجبة۔ (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار: ۳/۲۸۳، کتاب الزکاة، باب المصرف، ط: زکریا) وقال ابن عابدین: وان وجبت بہ (النذر) فلا یأکل منہا شیئا، ولا یطعم غنیا ًسواء کان الناذر غنیا أو فقیرا؛ لأن سبیلہا التصدق، ولیس للمتصدق ذلک۔ (رد المحتار: ۹/۴۷۳، کتاب الأضحیة، ط: زکری

 

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