Is ransoming Muslim prisoners using zakaah money included in the phrase (interpretation of the meaning): “and to free the captives” [al-Tawbah 9:60]?
Praise be to Allaah.
Ransoming Muslim prisoners who have been captured by kaafirs is better than
freeing slaves, so it is included and indeed takes priority, because they
suffer great harm by being separated from their families and because of the
humiliation and torture. So saving them is even more important than saving