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Asnaf in Quran

"Zakat is for the poor and the needy, and amil (those employed to administer the funds), for the muallaf (those who have embraced Islam), for those in bondage and in debt, those who strive in the cause of Allah and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom." (Surah At-Taubah: 60).

8 Asnaf in Singapore

  1. Fakir

    One who has neither material possession nor means of livelihood; one who suffers, and has no means to sustain his/her daily needs.

  2. Miskin

    One who has insufficient means of livelihood to meet his/her basic needs. Applicants are open to poor and needy Muslims who are Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents who fall within the following categories:
    • Single parent – widow or divorcee in need
    • Breadwinner in prison or DRC
    • Breadwinner or family members incurring high medical bills due to:
      (a) chronic illness e.g. kidney failure, cancer
      (b) mental / physical disability
    • Insufficient household income due to large number of dependants
  3. Amil

    One who is appointed to collect Zakat and the expenses incurred in the administration of Zakat. Disbursement to Amil includes:
    • Administration cost
    • Training cost 
  4. Muallaf

    One who recently embraced Islam. Disbursement to Muallaf includes grant to Darul Arqam to administer the affairs of new Muslim converts.

  5. Riqab

    One who is freeing himself/herself from bondage or shackles of slavery. In Singapore this category refers to those who need assistance to pursue their education, usually children of Zakat recipients. Disbursement for Riqab includes:
    • Education grants for needy families
    • Muis' scholarships
    • LBKM bursaries
    • Partial payment for GCE 'N'/'O'/'A' level examination fees for children, after assistance from respective schools

  6. Gharimin

    One who is in debt and needs assistance to meet his/her basic needs. Disbursement for Gharimin includes:
    • Assistance for outstanding basic necessities bills e.g. utilities bills and service and conservancy charges
  7. Fisabilillah

    One who strives in the cause of Allah for the betterment of the community. Disbursement to Fisabilillah includes:
    • Religious programmes
    • Mosque leadership and management
    • Madrasah development and assistance
    • Youth development and engagement
    • Dakwah and public education
    • Islamic education
    • Asatizah development
    • Community development

  8. Ibnussabil

    Stranded travellers on a permissable journey. Disbursement to Ibnussabil includes:
    • Financial assistance
    • Food assistance
    • Return air ticket to home country