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Can one ask for Zakah?

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Can one ask for Zakah?

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Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported that Zainab, the wife of Hadrat Ibn Mas'ud (r.a.), said: "O Prophet of Allah (saws)! Indeed you have ordered us today to give away charity, and I have some jewelry which I wanted to give away as charity. But Ibn Mas'ud claims that he and his children deserve it more than someone else." The Prophet (saws) responded: "Ibn Mas'ud is right. Your husband and your children are more deserving."

Related by al-Bukhari.


If one is so poor and destitute, there is no harm if one asks his believing brother or sister to consider him/her when giving their zakah dues. But Islam does not encourage the believers to go about asking for charity, unless of course one is in a completely destitute situation.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 2.509 Narrated by Ibn Umar

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) while he was on the pulpit speaking about charity, to abstain from asking others for some financial help and about begging others, saying, "The upper hand is better than the lower hand. The upper hand is that of the giver and the lower (hand) is that of the beggar."


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