Sponsoring a Student is Zakat Eligible
Sponsoring a seeker of knowledge:
Through an official Fatwa from Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif
The case of sponsoring a seeker of knowledge has become a common topic to discuss and ask about, so the question that we’ll answer in these coming few lines is: Does Islam call to sponsor a seeker of knowledge, or it’s doesn’t?
The importance of seeking knowledge:
One of our Islamic solid resources is Dar Al-Iftaa’ Al-Messria, that’s why we decided to ask them about that, and they’ve mentioned the Hadith of Anas Bin Malik – may Allah be please with him – said that the prophet Mohammed – may peace be upon him – said about the importance of seeking knowledge which means: (The seeking of knowledge is an obligation for each and every Muslim). Sunan Ibn Majah.
The reward of sponsoring others to learn:
Dar Al-Iftaa’ has also mentioned the great reward for the one who guides to good things, as Anas Bin Malik – may Allah be pleased with him – said that the prophet Mohammed – may peace be upon him – said which means: (Whoever guides to good, then for him is the same reward as the one who does it). If that was a reward for anyone who guides to good thing like learning, so what about guiding others and paying their expenses – if they can’t afford it – to facilitate their way of seeking knowledge.
The response of Dar Al-Iftaa’ also contained a statement of Al-Imam Bin Aabdeen that says: (it’s permitted to pay the Zakah to a seeker of knowledge, even for forty years long). As a conclusion we need to acknowledge that we all are one nation and one family, that’s why we have to take care of each other and help each other in whatever good means that Allah has given us.