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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

AlSalaam Alikum Can a woman who's
declared Shahadah but not praying who
sends needed money to her poor family
consider that money Zakat?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

The money which the woman whom you
referred to in the question sent to her poor
relatives without intending it as Zakat, is not
considered as Zakat and it is not permissible
for her to consider it as such because for
Zakat to be accepted, when the person gives
it, he should intend it as Zakat.
However, it is permissible for her to
consider the money which she will send in
the future as Zakat and intend it as Zakat,
provided the people to whom she sends the
money are among the people who are
eligible for Zakat, and provided that she is
not obliged to spend on them, like the
parents for instance.

It should be noted that Zakat is not
obligatory on money unless the money
reaches the Nisaab(i.e. the minimum amount
liable for Zakat) and a whole lunar year
elapses since she possessed it.
However, what is more important than the
above, is the issue of her not praying. The
Prayer is the core of religion and the most
important pillar of Islam after The Two
Testimonies of Faith. Indeed, many scholars
are of the view that a person who
abandons the prayer is out of the fold of

Therefore, it is an obligation to advise that
woman and inform her that uttering The Two
Testimonies of Faith necessitates performing
the other pillars of Islam, the most
important of which is the prayer. Then, if
she persists on abandoning the prayer after
knowing that performing it is an obligation,
it is feared that she is a non-Muslim (a
disbeliever), and hence, Zakat is not accepted
from her. Allah Says (what means): {And
what prevents their expenditures from being
accepted from them but that they have
disbelieved in Allah and in His Messenger.}
[Quran 9:54].

Allah Knows best.


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