"Should I give zakat and fitra to a non muslim".

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"Should I give zakat and fitra to a non muslim".

 

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Zakah and fitra to non muslims

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:

60      Alms are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds), for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for those in bondage and in debt, in the Cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

 

Allah Subhanah has prescribed that ‘zakah’ should be paid to any of the above eight listed categories:

  1. To the poor
  2. To the needy
  3. To those who are employed to administer the zakah funds
  4. To those whose hearts have recently been reconciled to the Truth of Islam (new-muslims)
  5. For those in bondage
  6. For those in debt
  7. In the Cause of Allah
  8. To the way-farer or traveler

 

Allah Subhanah has Commanded and Guided the believers that Zakaah may be distributed to any of the above absolutely vast eight categories only; for all other categories, one may help them through voluntary and supererogatory charity or sadaqa but not through Zakah funds.

 

Your Question: "Should I give zakat and fitra to a non muslim".

The scholars and jurists in Islam are absolutely unanimous in their opinion that the annual ‘zakah’ and the ‘zakat-ul-fitr’ (or fitra at the end of Ramadan) is only collected from the rich amongst the Muslims, and is to be distributed amongst the poor Muslims. 

 

‘Zakah’ and ‘Fitra’ is collected only from the Muslims and distributed amongst the poor Muslims only.  Thus one cannot give ‘zakah’ or ‘fitra’ to disbelievers; but one may indeed help their disbelieving brethren from supererogatory charity and alms or ‘sadaqaat’.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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