Giving Zakaat to a non-recipient

Category: 

Zakaat & Charity

According to Madhhab: 

Hanafi

Reference: 

1440-189

Question: 

I gave a person Zakaat thinking that he could take Zakaat. After one month I realised that he was not a person who can receive Zakaat. Have I accomplished the rendering of my Zakaat? 

Answer: 
If you had investigated the matter and after pondering carefully, felt satisfied that the person in question was eligible for Zakaat and therefore gave him Zakaat funds then your Zakaat will be discharged and you will not have to discharge your Zakaat for a second time, even though you have now found out that he does not qualify as a recipient of Zakaat.

However, if you gave the person Zakaat funds without pondering carefully and conducting an investigation to determine whether the person qualifies as a recipient of Zakaat, then your Zakaat will not be discharged, and you will now have to discharge your Zakaat for the second time.

And Allah Ta'aala knows best!
ANSWERED BY: Mufti Mohammed Desai 
CHECKED AND APPROVED BY: Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B 
Date: 16 Rabi-ul-Awwal 1440 - English Date: 24 November 2018

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