Giving Zakat to Charitable Organizations-Part 2

In our country, there are dormitories, courses for learning the Qur’an, trusts, and charitable organizations which serve Islam and educate students who seek knowledge. An official from any of them should be appointed as the agent of a poor person. While a poor person appoints an official from any of these organizations to be his agent, he should say to him, “I appoint you to be my agent in order to receive zakat on my behalf and to give it wherever you wish.” Or he can say briefly, “I appoint you as my general agent.” Then the agent can spend the zakat he receives on the needs of students or organization. By doing so, one has both donated zakat to charity and has given zakat as prescribed by Islam.

Zakat is not given to organizations if one does not appoint an agent as explained above. In this case, it is not considered zakat, but sadaqah; one’s debt of zakat is not considered to have been paid.

Hadrat Aisha (Radiallahu anha) states: “The Messenger of Allah (Salallah Alayhi wasalam) came to my room. There was a pot with meat on the boil. I served him bread and

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Giving Zakat to Charitable Organizations

Some people broaden the scope of the word fi-sabilillah, which appears in the Qur’an al-karim, and include all da’wah organizations, from institutions to parties, in the meaning of it, and claim that zakat can be given to them.
اِنَّمَا الصَّدَقٰتُ لِلۡفُقَرَآءِ وَالۡمَسٰكِيۡنِ وَالۡعٰمِلِيۡنَ عَلَيۡهَا وَالۡمُؤَلَّـفَةِ قُلُوۡبُهُمۡ وَفِى الرِّقَابِ وَالۡغٰرِمِيۡنَ وَفِىۡ سَبِيۡلِ اللّٰهِ وَابۡنِ السَّبِيۡلِ​ؕ فَرِيۡضَةً مِّنَ اللّٰهِ​ؕ وَاللّٰهُ عَلِيۡمٌ حَكِيۡمٌ‏

The zakaat are meant only for the poor and the needy and those who are in charge thereof, those whose hearts are to be reconciled, and to free those in bondage, and to help those burdened with debt, and for expenditure in the Way of Allah and for the wayfarer. This is an obligation from Allah. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise

Fi-sabilillah (that is, those who are in the way of Allah) is one of the eight categories of people mentioned in the Qur’an al-karim to be entitled to receive zakat. This category of people includes the following:

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Jamiatul Ulama Western Cape


Branch Code:  198765

Zakaat Account Number:  2010789571

Lillah Account Number: 2010789563



Saturday, 09 December 2023
Friday, 25 Jumada al-awwal 1445

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