Is it permissible for Zakat funds to be spent on non-Muslim beneficiaries?

Q: Is it permissible for Zakat funds to be spent on non-Muslim beneficiaries? Can they be considered mu’allafati quloobuhum in this context? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The category of “those whose hearts have to be reconciled” mentioned in Verse 60 of Surah Al-Tawbah refers to various groups of poor [according to […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to give Zakat funds to individual beneficiaries in the form of goods rather than cash?

Q: Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to give Zakat funds to individual beneficiaries in the form of goods (rather than cash)? This could include livelihood equipment, such as sewing machines, farming equipment, livestock; medication or medical treatments; school books; education or training courses; paying salaries of service providers (e.g. teachers or doctors). الجواب […]

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Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to spend Zakat funds on assets owned collectively by poor and needy communities?

Q: Is it permissible for an Islamic charity to spend Zakat funds on assets owned by poor and needy communities, and which aim to benefit and assist poor and needy individuals? This may include building or financially supporting schools, hospitals, orphanages or wells.  الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The principle recipients of […]

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Is it permissible to give to charities who fund military arms or tobacco investments?

Q: Is it permissible to give charity to organisations if one knows they are funding military arms and tobacco investment? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: Military armaments can be both permissible and impermissible depending on the situation at hand.  In fact, they can even be an obligation such as when needed for […]

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Who is liable to pay the Zakat for a limited company?

  Q: Is a limited company an independent entity in Islam and therefore liable for its own Zakat or does its value belong to the shareholders? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: The liability to pay zakat falls on the shareholders and not the company itself. If taxes have been incurred on the zakat […]

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Is it prohibited to get a tax refund on Zakāt?

Q: It is prohibited to get a tax refund on zakat? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: The benefit prohibited to the payer of zakāt is that which comes directly from the zakat itself.  Incidental benefit from a third party, as in the case of a tax refund, is not prohibited.  

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Is it permissible to give Zakāt al Maal to a charity if it operates abroad?

Q: Is it permissible to give zakāt al maal to a charity even if it operates in other countries?   الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: All things being equal one should distribute one’s zakat in the immediate locality of the zakātable wealth.  Failure to do so is reprehensible but not prohibited.  However, if […]

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I gave my Zakat to grandmother abroad to distribute but was told it must be given to an established organisation. Is this correct?

Q: I gave my Zakat to grandmother abroad to distribute but was told it must be given to an established organisation. Is this correct? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: There is no requirement to distribute one’s Zakat through an ‘established organisation’.  Provided the Zakat reaches the rightful recipient it may be distributed by your […]

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Is it encouraged to give Zakat to a charity that operates in a foreign country?

Q: Is it encouraged to give Zakat to a charity that operates in a foreign country? الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما ومنه الصدق والصواب A: All things being equal one should distribute one’s Zakat in the immediate locality of the Zakatable wealth.  Failure to do so is reprehensible but not prohibited.  However, if there is reason to distribute […]

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Is Zakat paid on a local initiative where money is collected to be distributed to needy local individuals?

Q: Is Zakat paid on a local initiative where money is collected to be distributed to needy local individuals? Two brothers run a small initiative, whereby people give monthly donations (usually £10) which goes into a separate account for that specific purpose/initiative. This money is then distributed to local people (by the 2 brothers) who are […]

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Is the debtor considered poor, and thus eligible to Zakāt funds?

Q: Is the debtor considered poor, and thus eligible to Zakāt funds?    الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومنه الصدق والصواب   A: If the individual’s non-essential items do not cover the qualifying debts or do not reach the nisāb after covering qualifying debts then that person is considered poor and is eligible to receive zakāt.  It […]

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