Message No : 20Sr.No : 456/725
Question By : Kashiful Huda

Assalamu Alaikum: can zakat be used to defence annocent Muslims who are caught on the name of terrorist and they have no engouh money to use for their defence. Wassalam


Reply By : Muhammad Asad Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah most Gracious most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

If the family of the accused person is reliable to receive Zakat, Zakat money should be given to them and then be spent to defense this innocent Muslim. Without giving Zakat amount into the ownership of a poor person, it cannot be used in the same. Also you can give Zakat to a poor person, and then he willingly spends for the same purpose. If it is not, then Muslims should collect donation and then spend it to defense such people. But Zakat money directly cannot be used for the same. (And Allah knows best)

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