Can Zakāh be given to Non-Muslims?
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Answered by Dr. Shehzad Saleem

Can Zakāh be given to non-Muslims?


The following Qur’ānic verse spells out the heads under which the Zakāh fund can be expended:

Zakāh is only for the poor and the needy, and for those who are ‘āmils over it, and for those whose hearts are to be reconciled [to the truth], and for the emancipation of the slaves and for those who have been inflicted with losses and for the way of Allah and for the wayfarers. (9:60)

It is evident from the verse quoted above that the Qur’ān does not discriminate between the recipients of Zakāh on the basis of their beliefs or religion. In other words, Zakāh money can be given to any needy person whatever his religion be. Consequently, the answer to your question is that you can give your Zakāh money to Non-Muslims.

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