This answer was collected from HanbaliDisciples.com. The questions have been answered by Imam John Starling.

Using Zakat to Build Masjids (Hanbali Fiqh)

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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 Original Source Link

Sending Zakat Abroad (Hanbali Fiqh)

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Q: Can I send my zakat al-mal to another country? A: It is preferred to distrubute your zakat al-mal in your local area. It is permissible to distribute it WITHIN the raduis permitted to shorten prayer i.e. 85 US Miles/138 KM. It is impermissible to distribute it further than that. Though it will fulfill the… read more »