Dear Brothers in Islam,
Is it allowed to use Zakat Funds for giving Qarza-e-Hasana to a needy person for setting up or expanding a small business so that the he/she can earn a reasonable income to support his family? Also, if Qarza-e-Hasana is not paid back, is it allowed for the lender to adjust the amount against his/her Zakat liability? If a person leaves Islam to embrace Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion, is he/she still eligible to inherit from his/her father? Also, how does Pakistan’s law of inheritance treat such cases? I will be grateful if you give your learned opinion on the above issues in the light of Islamic injunctions. May Allah reward you for reward your efforts in this field.
Yes. The Zaka’h fund may be used for giving a loan and if the loan is returned, it should then be added back to the Zaka’h fund. Yes. According to our understanding, a person who has chosen another religion from himself may inherit from his Muslim parents. However, if such inheritance is against the law of the land, then the law should be respected. In Pakistan, according to our information a convert non-Muslim cannot inherit from his Muslim parents. Nevertheless, we would suggest that for a more reliable legal opinion on the topic, you may kindly refer to a legal expert.
April 5, 2005