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Spending zakat funds towards the teaching of the Arabic language

I live in a European country where an association for Egyptians was established. Is it permissible to give my zakat money to this association especially since it teaches Arabic language to the children of Egyptian expatriates?

Answer

Zakat is one of the pillars on which Islam is based and its eight expenditures are determined in the holy Quran. God the Almighty says: “Zakat expenditures are only for the poor and for the needy and for those employed to collect [zakat] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing captives [or slaves] and for those in debt and for the cause of Allah and for the [stranded] traveler—an obligation [imposed] by Allah, And Allah is Knowing and Wise” [9: 60].
Based on this, there is no legal impediment to giving part of one’s zakat to this association to meet its needs and the needs of those who are in charge of it if:
-It teaches the Arabic language and Islamic sciences and has no other source of income; and
-the instructors are not volunteers and need financial assistance.
And God the Almighty knows best.
 

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