Sat 3 Saf 1435 - 7 December 2013
Study courses are not to be paid for from zakaah funds
Some trustworthy Islamic institutions hold Islamic courses in Europe, in areas where there is the greatest need for Islamic education and for teaching of Islamic knowledge and sound belief (‘aqeedah). These foundations are requesting support for these da’wah programs. Is this support included in the aayah, “…and for Allaah’s Cause…” [al-Tawbah 9:60 – interpretation of the meaning]?
Praise be to Allaah.
The courses mentioned and similar courses are not included in
the phrase “… and for Allaah’s cause…”, among the types of people who
are entitled to receive zakaah, because what is meant by this phrase is the
mujaahideen who strive for the sake of Allaah. But if there is anyone among
the teachers or students who is poor, he may be given zakaah money because
of his poverty, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“As-Sadaqaat (here it means Zakaah) are only for the
Fuqaraa’ (poor), and Al-Masaakeen (the poor)…”[al-Tawbah 9:60]
Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li’l-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, vol 14, p. 298.