Sayyidna Abu Hurayra, Radi-Allahu anhu, narrates that once Hassan, Radi-Allahu anhu, took hold of a few dates of Sadaqah and was about to eat it. Nabi Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam took it away from him and remarked, ‘Do you not know that we (the family of the Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam do not eat Sadaqah.’ (Bukhari vol.1 pg.202; Qadeemi)

From the above Hadith, it is evident that the descendants of Rasulullah Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam can not accept Zakaat. They should be assisted with Lillah funds only. If a Sayyid is in dire need and Lillah funds are not available, then only may he be assisted with Zakaat funds. Is it right? what is the meaning Lillah fund?
asked Mar 10, 2020 in Islamic Creed (Aqaaid) by Tofail Ahamed

1 Answer

Ref. No. 1008/41-167

 In the name of Allah the most gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

The sayyid family members are not eligible to receive obligatory Sadaqat (Zakat). So, if a sayyid is poor and in dire need, it is duty of all Muslims to look after him and help him with voluntary sadaqat (sadaqat-e-nafila), indeed there is a duty on wealthy aside from zakat as it is said in a Hadith recorded in many books. 

It is the matter of great concern if a sayyid family is in dire need and Muslims do not help them with voluntary sadaqat. May Allah give us taufeeq to support the sayyid family with gifts and voluntary sadaqat to show our gratitude towards this blessed family!

And Allah knows best

Darul ifta

Darul Uloom Waqf Deoband

answered Jul 22, 2020 by Darul Ifta