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Can Zakah be given to non-Muslims?

Can Zakah be given to non-Muslims?

Zakat is a noble way of helping fellow underprivileged Muslims. However, it cannot be given to non-Muslims, even if they need financial assistance.

Can non-Muslims benefit from zakat?

Islamic scholarship, historically, has taught that only Muslims can be recipients of zakat. In recent times, some state that zakat may be paid to non-Muslims after the needs of Muslims have been met, finding nothing in the Quran or sunna to indicate that zakat should be paid to Muslims only.

Who qualifies for zakat in Islam?

For every sane, adult Muslim who owns wealth over a certain amount–known as the nisab–he or she must pay 2.5% of that wealth as zakat. In the Holy Qur’an (2:110), we read, “And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves—you will find it with Allah; surely Allah sees what you do.”

Can Zakat be given to mosque?

So mosques, which are not owned by any person in particular (and, similarly, schools, public works, properties, and general deeds of benefit to people) do not lie within Zakat’s divinely delimited bounds. Therefore, mosques do not qualify for Zakat. This is the long-standing majority position of Muslim jurists.

Can Zakat be given after Ramadan?

How to give Zakat in Ramadan? One can easily continue giving Zakat as per the lunar year calculations, even in Ramadan. Zakat al Fitr must be paid during the end of Ramadan but before the Eid prayer.

Can Christians receive Zakat?

No, in the majority opinion, but a strong exemption exists for the poor of the People of the Scripture, Jews and Christians (and adherents of religions to whom Muslim scholars have extended this status by analogy).

Do you pay zakat on borrowed money?

Yes. You can either pay zakat for every year that passes until you receive the loan back, alternatively you can wait until you receive the loan and then pay the accumulated zakat in one go. No zakat is payable on money you are owed for work done until you receive the payment.

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