Giving Interest Funds To An Indebted Person

Question

I have some interest money. Can I give it to my brother to settle a long outstanding debt? He is unable to settle the debt for a long time.

Answer

If your brother’s debts exceed the value of his assets (in the form of gold, silver, cash, investments, etc.) to the extent that he qualifies as a recipient of Zakaat (due to being indebted to creditors) then you may assist him with the interest funds to settle his debts.

However, the rule to remember is that whenever one gives interest funds to a needy person in order to assist him, the funds must be given to him without making an intention of accruing any rewards whatsoever.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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