Can Zakat money be given to "madarasa" or for building the "masajid".
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Can Zakat money be given to "madarasa" or for building the "masajid"
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Zakah for masjid
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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:
60 Alms (Zakah) 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:
- To the poor
- To the needy
- To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
- To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
- For those in bondage
- For those in debt
- In the Cause of Allah
- To the way-farer or traveler
Allah Subhanah has Commanded and Guided the believers that Zakaah may be distributed to any of the above absolutely vast eight categories only; for all other categories, one may help them through voluntary and supererogatory charity or sadaqa but not through Zakah funds.
Your Question: Can Zakat money be given to "madarasa" or for building the "masajid"
The Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believers to build the Houses of Allah (masjids) with only pure, halaal and non-zakah wealth; thus it would not be permissible in Islam to pay one’s zakah dues towards the building of a masjid.
The majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam hold it permissible for one to spend their ‘zakah’ dues on the building or expenses of a ‘madrasa’ or Islamic Teaching Institute for that would be considered as spending in the ‘Cause of Allah’, which is one amongst the above eight listed categories where ‘zakah’ dues can be spent.
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