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Would Zakat be qualified for the victims of the India-Pakistan earthquakes? Or contributions for this can only be qualified as Sadaqa?

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Would Zakat be qualified for the victims of the India-Pakistan earthquakes? Or contributions for this can only be qualified as Sadaqa?

 

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Zakah for victims of earthquake

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:

60 Alms are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds), for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for those in bondage and in debt, in the Cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

 

Allah Subhanah has prescribed that zakah should be paid to any of the above eight listed categories.

 

The majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that it would be absolutely lawful and permissible to spend from ones Zakah dues on the needy believing victims and Sadaqah on the needy victims (regardless of whether they are believers or not) of such natural disasters like the current earthquake in the sub-continent, expecting their reward from none save Allah Subhanah in the Hereafter.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

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Burhan


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