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Zakat / Giving out Zakat outside the country of the Zakat-giver?

Giving out Zakat outside the country of the Zakat-giver?

publish date : 2014-09-07 11:20 AM | Views : 977
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Question

Dear respected Shaykh, assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. Is it permissible to pay Zakat outside the country of the Zakat-giver?

إخراج زكاة المال خارج بلد المزكي

Answer

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:     There is no problem with that if there need or benefit in it. However, the principle is that Zakat is paid to the poor people of the area where the money is, because the Zakat of money is based on where the money is, and that Zakat of the body is based on where a person is. Thus Zakat al-Fitr is given out in the place that a person is during the time of giving it. In the two situations, that is, in the Zakat of the body and Zakat of money, it is permissible to transfer the Zakat, if there is need and benefit in that.

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