Allah Pak the Greatest declares in the sacred Quran Shareef –
اِنّٰـمَا الصَّدَقٰتُ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ وَالْمَسَاكِيْنَ وَالْعٰمِلِيْنَ عَلَيْهَا وَالْمُؤَلَّفَةُ قُلُوْبُهُمْ وَفِي الرِّقَابِ وَالْغٰرِمِيْنَ وَفِي سَبِيْلِ اللهِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيْلِ ۖ فَرِيْضَةً مِّنَ اللهِ ۗ وَاللهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيْمٌ.
According to the sacred Ayaat Shareef mentioned above, there are four sectors where the sacred Zakat can be donated. They are :
1) Fakir (poor who does not have food for the next time); Miskin (insolvent person who has less income than the minimum needs)
2) Zakat collector and new Muslim
3) Two types of release: from bond slavery and debt
4) Two persons on the road: Mujahid (Soldier) in the pathway of Allah Pak and needy Muslim travelers
According to the sacred Hanafi Majhaab, donating the Zakat in any of these sectors will serve the purpose.
‘Ha’drwat Mujaddid Alfesani Rwahmatullahi ‘Alaihi says, fazilats (benefits) is million times higher to pay the Zakat to poor Twalbe Ilm (insolvent learners of sacred Dween Islam).
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