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Zakat / Using Zakat money for calling people to Allah

Using Zakat money for calling people to Allah

publish date : 2014-09-07 | Views : 1027
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Dear respected Shaykh, assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Is it permissible to use Zakat money to finance da’wah projects like building Qur’an memorization centers, or publishing books and recording cassettes and so on?

صرف الزكاة في الدعوة إلى الله

Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions.   Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. As to what follows: In response to your question, we say:   That is allowed especially if there is no source of funding for these da’wah projects, because these projects are under the Zakat group “in the path of Allah” which was mentioned in the verse of the recipients of Zakat. According to one opinion of the scholars jihad is of two types: jihaad by the sword and  the spear, and jihad of knowledge and explanation of the religion. Allah commanded his Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, “ and strive against them with it a great striving” [al-Furqan 25: 52], and what is meant is the Qur’an because the Surah is Makkan and it was revealed before jihad with the sword was made compulsory. So Allah the Exalted called conveying the message of the Qur’an and calling to it jihad. It is appropriate that the institution that is being given the money should be told that it is Zakat money. Dr. Khalid al-Mosleh   22/9/1428

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