Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Ruling on paying Zakah for building Masjids, Buying Books, Schools, Roads, etc..
Q: What is the ruling on paying Zakaah (obligatory charity) money for helping to build a Masjid (mosque) whose construction was halted due to lack of financial resources?
Answered by Sheikh ibn Baaz رحمه الله :
According to the opinion of the majority of Muslim scholars and the Ijma` (consensus) of our Salaf (righteous predecessors), Zakaah is NOT to be paid for constructing Masjids, buying books, etc.
Rather, Zakaah must be spent on the eight categories which are mentioned in the Ayah (Qur’aanic verse) of Surah Al-Tawbah, i.e. the poor, the needy, those employed to collect (the funds), to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islâm), to free captives, for those in debt, in the cause of Allaah, and for the wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from everything).
It is worth mentioning that scholars are of the view that the category of “in the cause of Allaah” refers only to Jihad (fighting/striving in the cause of Allaah) and this does not include constructing Masjids, schools, roads, etc.
May Allaah grant us success.
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