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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

As Islam being maligned in every possible
way and as rigorous Da'wa countering the
false claims about Islam as become
incumbent, some good people in Chennai,
India came together with an fabulous Idea of
presenting Islam and removing
misconception about Islam and to call to
Islam in a bigger level, they conducted an
Islamic Exhibition by the name PEACE vision
of Islam, which first of its kind in India, in
the year 2004 and 2005. In which around
500 panels (big sized multi colored) on
various topics of Islam, like concept of God
in Islam (concept of Tawheed), Seerah of the
Prophets, and Islamic books, games, CDs,
audios etc., and prominent reputed
International Scholars are invited as speakers
to remove misconceptions about Islam and
to call towards Islam, the speakers are
Muhammad Al-Jibaly, Bilaal Philips, Salem Al-
Amry, Hussein Ye, Yusuf Estes, Dr. Zaakir
Naik etc., there were thousands of visitors, it
held for 10 days, Maasha Allah it created a
mass awareness amongst Muslims and as well
as non-Muslims, many accepted Islam after
listening to the lectures, visiting the panels,
books, talking to the people etc., the
speeches of national, regional level speakers
were arranged simultaneously. This
Exhibition became the best Resource for
Islam, Islam presented to people in its
pristine purity form, all based on Quran and
Authentic Sunnah. The complete record of
the event is available for verification.
My question is, can we use the Zakat money
for conducting such useful Da'wa events? The
organizers have put in immense effort
physically, financially etc., which is too hard
on them but all was for the sake of Da'wa.
This program was highly beneficial for
removing misconceptions about Islam,
presenting Islam according to Quran and
Sunnah and to invite people towards Islam.

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

First of all, we thank you and the other
brothers for the effort that you are making
for spreading the Word of Allah, and we ask
Allah to reward you and put your endeavour
on the scale of your good deeds on the Day
of Judgement. However, we stress that calling
to Allah should be according to the correct
Islam upon which the Prophet and his
noble companions, may Allah be pleased with
them, to an Islam free from any innovations
and superstitions.

As regards the question of paying Zakat
money on such programmes, then we do not
see that this is permissible. That is because
Allah, has exactly defined the kind of people
on whom Zakat should be spent. So it is not
permissible to spend Zakat on types of
people other than those mentioned in the
above Fataawa. Allah Says (which means):
{As-Sadaqât (here it means Zakat) are only
for the poor, and for the needy, and for
those employed to collect (the funds); and
for attracting the hearts of those who have
been inclined (towards Islam); and to free
the captives; and for those in debt; and for
Allah's Cause (i.e. for those fighting in the
holy wars), and for the wayfarer (a traveller
who is cut off from everything); a duty
imposed by Allah. And Allah is All-Knower,
All-Wise. }[Quran 9:60].

Therefore, Allah has specifically defined the
kind of people on whom Zakat should be
spent, by Saying (which means): 'only ', and
His Saying (which means): 'All-Knower ',
means that He Knows His Creation and their
need, and His Saying (which means): 'All-
Wise ', means in His Acts and Doings. So it is
not permissible to spend it on other people
than those defined in the verse.
If you are really sincere in your programme
and endeavour, Allah may facilitate for you
someone who would sponsor you. You may
also ask some charitable organizations in
your country to help you in your
programme, or you may even approach some
organizations outside your country.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/164615/spending-zakat-money-on-dawah-projects

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