Q: Is it permissible to use zakat to build masjids and Islamic centers?
A: Zakat is to be distributed explicitly to the eight categories mentioned in the Quran. It is therefore not permitted to use zakat to build masjids/Islamic centers or for any other purpose. Source: Sharh al-Muntaha
This answer was collected from HanbaliDisciples.com. The questions have been answered by Imam John Starling.