Fatwa: # 38078
Category: Charity, Obligatory (Zakaat)
Country: Japan
Date: 21st October 2018


Can one use funds from the Sadaqah Box for ones personal use?


I have kept a sadqa box in which daily we put some little amount in morning one day each kid will put money in it so that kids should leran to spend in path of Allah.We give it some needy person at the end of the month .If some time if we dont have any amount(like end of t he month ) if some urgent basic minimum need arises(happen rarely) in such situation can is it halal/jayaz spend it on my family and children if some need arises when we are in need.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The purpose of the Sadaqah box is to nurture the children to spend in the path of Allah. If that donated money will be used for personal needs and that is observed by the children, then the purpose of the Sadaqah box will be defeated and in fact it may have an adverse effect. The children may tend to think that money donated for the path of Allah may be used for oneself.

While the use of the Sadaqah money is permissible, as spending on one’s family is also Sadaqah, we advise against it. [1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] المبسوط للسرخسي (12/ 48) 

 وَالصَّدَقَةُ كَالْهِبَةِ - عِنْدَنَا - فِي أَنَّهُ لَا يُوجَبُ الْمِلْكُ لِلْمُتَصَدَّقِ عَلَيْهِ إلَّا بِالْقَبْضِ خِلَافًا لِمَالِكٍ - رَحِمَهُ اللَّهُ -

وَفِي الصَّدَقَةِ خِلَافٌ بَيْن الصَّحَابَةِ، وَمَنْ بَعْدَهُمْ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُمْ -، وَكَانَ عَلِيٌّ وَابْنُ مَسْعُودٍ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا - يَقُولَانِ: إذَا أَعْلَمْت الصَّدَقَةَ جَازَتْ، وَكَانَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ وَمُعَاذٌ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ - يَقُولَانِ لَا تَجُوزُ الصَّدَقَةُ إلَّا مَقْبُوضَةً. وَعَنْ شُرَيْحٍ وَإِبْرَاهِيمَ النَّخَعِيِّ - رَحِمَهُمَا اللَّهُ تَعَالَى - فِيهِ رِوَايَتَانِ ذَكَرَهُمَا فِي الْكِتَابِ؛ فَأَخَذْنَا بِحَدِيثِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا -، وَحَمَلْنَا قَوْلَ عَلِيٍّ، وَعَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ - رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُمَا - عَلَى صَدَقَةِ الرَّجُلِ عَلَى وَلَدِهِ الصَّغِيرِ، وَذَلِكَ بِالْإِعْلَامِ يَتِمُّ؛ لِأَنَّهُ يَصِيرُ قَابِضًا لَهُ


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