Date : 05-10-2011

Question :

Is it permissible to raise funds from Zakah in favor of Bader Gateway {Gateway of Islamic Relief, Dawah and Journey}, which is a project that provides relief to Muslims in all Islamic countries?

The Answer :

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

In the Glorious Quran, Allah, the Almighty, has specified eight categories of people eligible to receive Zakah. He said {what means}: "Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of God; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by God, and God is full of knowledge and wisdom."{At-Tawbah, 60}. However, the above project (Bader Gateway} isn`t among these eight categories since the Zakah money, here, isn`t received by the poor and need. In addition, "in the cause of God" refers to Jihad or those who do it.

In conclusion, it isn`t permissible to raise funds from Zakah in favor of the afore-mentioned project. Instead, it is permissible to collect donations and charities to this end. And Allah the Almighty knows best.