• Prayers & Duties >> Zakat & Charity

    Question ID: 46680Country: India

    Title: Can zakat be paid to Masjid Imam

    Question: The Imam sahib at our nearby Masjid is poor and needy. Can we pay our zakah to him so that he can meet his PERSONAL NEEDS?

    Answer ID: 46680

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (Fatwa: 1200/921/B=9/1434) Yes, you may help him from zakah money without any doubt. But you should pay zakah to him for Allah’s sake, not as salary of his imamat (leading salah). Also, it is not necessary to tell him that it is zakah; you may call it hadya (gift). It is sufficient to have intention of zakah in your heart.

    Allah (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India