Ruling of giving zakaat to a jam’eeyah (organizations) for its charitable projects?

Ash-Shaykh al-Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy upon him , was asked on the ruling of giving zakaat to a jam’eeyah for its charitable projects?

Answer: It is not permissible to distribute zakaat except to whom Allah has mentioned in his statement:

‏‏‏إنما الصدقات للفقراء والمساكين
والعاملين عليها والمؤلفة قلوبهم وفي الرقاب والغارمين وفي سبيل الله وابن السبيل فريضة من الله
والله عليم حكييم

“As sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara’ (poor), and Al-Masakin (the needy) and those employed to collect (the funds); and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islaam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allaah’s Cause (i.e. for Mujahidun- those fighting in a holy battle), and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed by Allaah. And Allaah is All Knower All Wise.” Surah At-Tawbah :60

and these (charitable) projects is not included in the ayah…

Reference: al-Majmu’ al-Fatawaa for Ash-Shaykh al-Uthaymeen, (394/18).

Also Ash-Shaykh al-Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:

It is better that one who has to pay zakaat distribute it (to one of the eight types of people above) by himself meaning he performs that himself due to (numerous) of angles:

1: He obtains a reward for the involvedness because distributing it is an act of worship.
2: He ends his responsibility of paying zakaat with certainty because the trustee may not take serious distributing it…
3: He protects himself from the criticism (of the people) especially if he is well-known to be rich while the people do not know (that he posses) a trustee ( to pay zakaat on his behalf) so they will criticize him and will say so and so does not pay zakaat.

Reference: Sharhul Mumte’ (6/205).

This opinion is also the opinion of Ash-Shaykh Albaani has found in the book” Ithaaf an-Nabeel” ,print: al-Imaam Ahmad, page: 287.

Also this is the opinion of Shaykh Yahyaa al-Hajooree , as found in his Sharh of ” Mufradaat Imaam Ahmad”

Posted on August 17, 2013, in Q/A Session (Question & Answer) and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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