Zakah can be used to build a Masjid?

Question

Assalamualaikum,

Can we use Zakat money for building a new Masjid?


Answer

Wa alaikumussalaam

In our opinion Zakah can be used for any good purpose, even the building of a Masjid. The Qur'an (9:60) has stipulated the heads on which Zakah can be used and one of them is فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ (fi sabilillah): This includes all expenses for serving Islam and for the welfare of the people.

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Mushafiq Sultan


Mushafiq Sultan, born in Kashmir (Indian Administered) in 1988, has been studying world religions from his school days. In 2009 Mushafiq came across the works of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and since then has been highly influenced by his thought. He has an exceptional interest in world religions, their philosophies and their mutual relations. He formally joined Al-Mawrid in 2016 as Assistant Fellow (Honorary). Presently, he is in charge of Al-Mawrid’s query service. In 2016, he published his first book ‘Muhammad (sws) in the Bible- An Exposition on Isaiah 42’. He has written articles on Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. He has also translated several articles of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi into Hindi.

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