The Fatwas delivered by the Third Symposium on
Zakah Contemporary Issues (Held in Kuwait at
Jumada Al-Akhirah 8, 1413 A.H. / December 2,
|First: Investment of Zakah funds|
It is permissible to invest Zakah funds
according to the following conditions: |
If there are no urgent
channels which require immediate payment of
If Zakah money is
invested in a legal manner.
should be taken so as to guarantee that the
rules of Zakah still apply to the original
invested money as well as to its profits.
assets if Zakah recipients need Zakah in
Making sure that such
investments will be safe, lucrative and can
be liquidated in time of need.
The decision of investing
Zakah funds should be taken by the
government officials charged to levy and
distribute Zakah. Such investments should be
supervised by efficient experts.
|Second: The recipients' possession of Zakah
This refers to paying a
sum of money to the recipients or buying a
means of production such as tools used in
crafts and giving them to the Zakah
recipients who are able to work. Possession,
in this sense, is a condition of the
validity of Zakah. This rule applies to four
categories of Zakah recipients mentioned in
the following Qur'anic verse: "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)" (9:60)
It is permissible to use
Zakah money in establishing productive
projects to be owned and managed by Zakah
recipients or their representatives.
It is permissible to use
Zakah money in establishing service projects
such as building schools, hospitals,
orphanages and libraries according to the
- Only Zakah recipients should make use of
these projects for free.
- The projects are to be possessed by
Zakah recipients and managed by the
government or its representatives.
- If the project is sold or liquidated,
its price or revenues are considered as
Third:The channel of those
whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to
According to the majority of scholars, the rules
pertaining to this channel do not change
throughout the years.
|2. The most
important fields of Zakah payment related to
this channel are:|
Using Zakah money in
urging people to embrace Islam especially
those who will act effectively towards the
welfare of the Muslims.
Urging rulers and kings
to improve the conditions of the Islamic
minorities and support them in non-Muslim
- Urging talented Islamic intellectuals to
support the Muslims' issues.
Founding scientific and
social establishments to sponsor Muslims who
have just recently embraced Islam.
following conditions are to be taken into
consideration when dealing with this channel:-|
When dealing with this
channel, the legal aims and practices should
be taken into account so as to achieve the
Giving Zakah according to
this channel should not have a bad effect on
the remaining channels.
Accuracy and caution
should be observed in order to avoid any
legally unacceptable results, bad reactions
from those whose hearts have been (recently)
reconciled (to the truth) or any harm to
Islam and Muslims.
The advanced modern methods are to be used and
the more influential projects should be chosen
in order to achieve the legally required