Paying zakat towards establishing a school for memorizing the noble Qur'an
• Is it permissible to pay zakat towards establishing a kuttab [school for teaching the noble Qur'an]?
• Is it permissible to pay zakat towards buying a bus for an institute to transport the disabled under its care?
The expenditures of zakat
Allah says in the Qur'an,
"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."
[Qur'an 9: 60]
Paying zakat for establishing a kuttab
It is legally permissible to pay zakat towards establishing a kuttab because teaching the noble Qur'an falls under the expenditure of "in the cause of Allah" [fi sabil Allah].
Paying zakat for buying a bus to transport the disabled
According to the opinion of some scholars, it is permissible to pay zakat towards buying a bus to transport the disabled if they are from among the poor and needy Muslims. This is because disability in itself is not considered a reason for the eligibility to receive zakat.
Allah Almighty knows best.