Zakat - Can it be Provided in Goods Instead of/In Addition to Cash?
  • Question:

    I would like to know if Zakat can be provided by buying clothes and food for poor people or must it always be in the form of cash.

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Yes, it is permissible to purchase clothing and food items to be given to the poor as Zakah. One is not obliged to only give cash. There is flexibility in the matter.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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