Bursaries paid from zakaat

Question ID: 33627

As salaam mu alaikum respected Mufti Saab

Please provide me with information regarding applying for and accepting a bursary for higher education for my child.

I am a single parent with 2 teenage children. Alhumdulillah I am employed and currently have 2 children in high school. Soon they will be completing insha Allah and will Insha Allah persue further education. I had no financial assistance from their father thus far. With tertiary education being so costly I would like to know if I can apply to organizations for financial aid. most funds are paid from zakaat and I am not sure that I can use this assistance.

I would humbly appreciate your input therein.

Jazak Allah khair, ameen

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Asked on May 2, 2017 9:46 am
Private answer

1) If you are not a payer of Zakaat, you can receive the Zakaat and pay for their education.
2) Otherwise they can both be direct recipients of Zakaat.

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Answered on May 16, 2017 12:50 pm