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Please advise whom the profit money will go to.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

I am a Pakistani and living in Saudi Arabia. Every year, during my vacation, I pay Zakat.

 

For the past two years I have saved the Zakat money for having two poor girls married in 2007. Last year I invested the money in the National Investment Trust. When I will go on vacation next year there will be some profit earned on the invested (Zakat) money.

 

Please advise whom the profit money will go to; whether to me or to be added into the Zakat money?

 

Thank you,


 

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Zakah money invest

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Dear and beloved brother in Islam, the zakah dues are a prescribed right of the poor from the wealth of those who are blessed with abundance, and it is best and purest in the Sight of Allah Subhanah to distribute ones annual zakah in full amongst the poor and needy in that particular calendar year.

 

It is neither encouraged nor permissible in Shariah that one from whose wealth the annual zakah is due invests those zakah funds due from him; but he must strive to allocate and distribute his zakah dues in full amongst the poor and needy in the corresponding calendar year itself.

 

If one has, in ignorance of Shariah, invested the zakah funds due from him and made some profit, the absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that the profit along with the zakah principal should be distributed as zakah; the additional profit from the zakah funds would be regarded as sadaqah (supererogatory charity), if Allah so Wills and Pleases.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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