Who should zakaah be paid to?
Zakaah can be paid to any one of the eight categories of deserving recipients:
- The poor
- The needy
- Those in an Islamic state appointed to collect and distribute zakaah.
- A person in debt
- Those in the path of Allah
- New reverts to Islam
- A traveller who experiences difficulty
- Those in bondage such as those enslaved or captives of war
These are the people to whom zakaah can be paid. It can be given directly to them or can be given to any organization or mosque who will then distribute it to them. A person has the choice to do whatever he wishes.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan
This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.