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In our village we have a mosque. Recently we the villagers bought some land for the mosque and paid some amount in cash and some in loan. My question is that can we villagers give our zakah in mosque to pay its loan?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com

In our village we have a mosque. Recently we the villagers bought some land for the mosque and paid some amount in cash and some in loan. My question is that can we villagers give our zakah in mosque to pay its loan?

Answer

(Fatwa: 1729/1358/B=1433)

It is not lawful to buy land for mosque with loan money. Similarly, it is not lawful to give zakah money in order to pay the loan. The land should be purchased purely with donation money and the debt should be paid with the same money.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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