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Subject : It is Permissible to Give Zakat to the Person who can`t Afford Treatment Costs

Fatwa Number : 766

Date : 08-06-2010

Classified : Zakat Distribution Channels

Fatwa Type : Search Fatawaa

Question :

Is it permissible to pay Zakat to a patient who can`t afford treatment costs?

The Answer :

Praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds.

It is permissible to give Zakat (Alms) to the person who can`t afford treatment costs. This is because in terms of custom and Sharia such a person is considered poor, so he/she is amongst the eight categories eligible to receive Zakat. In addition, jurists have defined the poor person as follows, "One who neither has money nor a source of income to cover his and his dependents` essential needs; such as food, lodging and clothing."

Consequently, in light of Sharia and custom, the patient who can`t afford treatment expenses is poor; thus, it is permissible to give him/her Zakat. And Allah the Almighty knows best.



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