Giving zakaah to students

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah) answers:

With regard to the student who is devoting all his time to seeking shar’i knowledge, even if he is able to earn a living, it is permissible to give him zakaah, because seeking shar’i knowledge is a type of jihad for the sake of Allaah, and Allaah has made jihad for the sake of Allaah one of the categories on which zakaah may be spent. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“As-Sadaqaat (here it means Zakaah) are only for the Fuqaraa’ (poor), and Al‑Masaakeen (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allaah’s Cause (i.e. for Mujaahidoon — those fighting in a holy battle), and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allaah. And Allaah is All-Knower, All-Wise” [al-Tawbah 9:60]

But if the student is devoting all his time to seeking worldly knowledge, then he should not be given zakaah. We say to him: now you are striving for worldly gain, and you could acquire worldly gains by working, so we should not give you zakaah.


[Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (18/409)]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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4 Responses to Giving zakaah to students

  1. ibnnasser says:

    Assalamu alaykum Ukht…

    Jazakillahu khair for this one. Learned something new again, alhamdulillah.

    Please send my salaam to Qurtubiy. May I know his Blog too?
    I just met his old teacher again, Shiekh Anwar. :)


  2. Wa’alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu

    Wa iyyaak Tuan Wedzmer. Alhamdulillaah and Barakallaahu feek for visiting my site. Tuan qurtubiy is fine Alhamdulillaah you can visit his blogs here insha’Allaah.

    Hayakallaah, how’s Asma?

  3. ibnnasser says:

    She was the one who gave me your blog site.
    Alhamdulillah coz she was still in constant updates on your blog.

    I think she’s doing fine, inshaa Allah. We don’t talk that much, I am not even aware of her current status or whatever. Haven’t you two been contacting each other?

    Shukran for the blogs of Shiekh Qurtubiy…
    I have a lot of things to ask from him too.

    Ukhtiy, does Qurtubiy have any YM accounts? I’d like to send him an email if possible.

    Barakallahu lakum…

  4. Nope we don’t chat that much anymore, i hardly see her on ym, insha’Allaah she will be fine. You can go to his facebook page and you can see the Page owner then add him. You can send him pm message insha’Allaah.

    wa feek barakallaah. Jazakallaahu khayran.

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