Ruling of giving Zakāh to the one who wants to marry a second?


The ruling of giving Zakāh to the one who wants to marry a second?


If he is poor and they gave him zakāh due to his poorness, then he owns the money that was given to him and he does with it what he wishes, from marriage and other than it.

أقِم يا قَبيصةُ حتَّى تأتيَنا الصَّدقةُ فَنَأْمرَ لَكَ بِها

“Wait O Qabīsah till we receive Sadaqah, so that we order that it be given to you.”

So if they gave him a sum of money and he took it and married with it, then there is nothing prohibiting this.

إِنَّمَا الصَّدَقَاتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِينِ وَالْعَامِلِينَ عَلَيْهَا….

As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara’ (poor), and Al-Masakin (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds)…. [to the End of the verse – Tawbah, 60]

Therefore he took it with due right thus he spends it how he wishes.

And if they gave him for the intent of marriage and he is well-off, not poor, or not being eligible for it, then it is not correct to give him zakāh for marriage or other than it, due to the statement of the Prophet:

إن الصدقة لا تحل لغني ولا لذي مرة سوي

“Verily the Sadaqah is not lawful for the rich person nor the physically fit.”

Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him


Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi