Friday 21 Muḥarram 1444 - 19 August 2022
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Who Should Receive Zakat al-Fitr؟

Question

To whom should Zakat al-Fitr be given? Is it permissible to donate it to charitable funds for building a mosque, for example?

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

Zakat al-Fitr should be given to the poor Muslims in the land or city where it is given.  Abu Dawud reported from Ibn 'Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enjoined zakat al-fitr , to be paid in Ramadan to feed the poor…” 

It is permissible to send Zakat al-Fitr to the poor of another land whose people are in greater need. 

It is not permissible to spend Zakat al-Fitr on building a mosque or other charitable projects. 

And Allah knows best.

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Source: Al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah Li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Iftaa’