One of my friends wants to get married, but he does not have enough money to cover the expenses of getting married. Is it permissible for me to help him and to count that money as part of my zakaah?
Praise be to Allaah.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
If we find a person who can earn enough for food and drink and accommodation, but he needs to get married and does not have enough to do so, is it permissible for us to get him married using zakaah funds?
The answer is: yes, it is permissible to get him married using zakaah funds, and to give him the mahr in full.
If it is said: ‘how come it is permissible to get a poor man married using zakaah funds even if what is given to him is a large amount?’
It is reported from Abû Mûsâ Al-Ash’arî – Allah be pleased with him – that he said:
We, the Companions of Allah’s Messenger – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – never had difficulty in understanding a hadîth except that when we asked ‘Â`ishah we found she had some knowledge about it.
It is reported from Masrûq – Allah have mercy on him – that he said:
We swear by Allah, we have seen senior Companions of Allah’s Messenger – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him – asking ‘Â`ishah about inheritance laws.