Child giving gifts and sadaqah

Q: My question is regarding children giving charity. From what I know, it is not permissible for them to give Sadaqah etc. from their own wealth. What about giving gifts from their own wealth? Also, what if they buy sweets with their own money, and then decide to to share them? How does it work?

I’m teaching, and the above topic came up. They were quite disappointed that they cannot give until they are baaligh, and it sounded like a lot of them had given before. They were asking if they got any reward for what they gave, or does it not count? Is it a sin? What must I tell them?

A: It is not permissible for a non baaligh to give a gift to anyone from his wealth just as it is not permissible for him to give sadaqah. However, if the parents wish to instil within the child the quality of generosity and therefore want him to share the food, sweets etc, with his friends, then the parents should purchase these food/sweet items from their personal wealth and allow the child to share it with his friends.

If the child had given something in the past from his wealth, then if the parents wish, they can replace him with the amount of money that he had spent.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)