Zakaat on savings

Q: My question is related to zakat. If a divorced women with one dependant child is not working, and has a saving for her daughter's university education, does zakat apply on that amount of savings? Is this woman, who has no support, liable to pay zakat?

A: In the first place it is the worst thing for a mother to do for her child, to expose her to this type of an environment where there is more than a 50 percent risk of her imaan and modesty coming under attack. Yes, she is liable to pay zakaat.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)