Who is Zakah Paid to?

There are 8 categories mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Tawba. They are:

  1. The poor- those who don’t have enough money, food, clothing and shelter.
  2. The needy- similar to the poor.
  3. Those who collect funding- zakah is given to them for the work they do in collecting, keeping records and distributing of zakah on behalf of the Muslim authorities.
  4. Those whose hearts have been inclined towards Islam- such New Muslims whose iman might still be weak.
  5. Muslim slaves- use zakah to free them.
  6. Those in debt.
  7. For Allah’s cause (Mujahidun)- those fighting for Allah’s pleasure (Jihad).
  8. The wayfarer- the traveller who has been cut off from everything.
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