Zakat is one of the five major pillars of Islam that every Muslim needs to fulfill. Zakat is a charity, but who is really entitled to receive it?
The definition of this term is to do Charity and help the poor grow and make in the balance in the society. It helps the poor to get basic needs which they could not fulfill due to financial problems. As per Islam, it purifies your wealth, and Allah gives you the rewards hereafter.
But the point is, Zakat cannot be given to just ANYBODY, Islam has defined the terms and conditions of giving Zakat and we at The Islamic Information divided all of them into 8 types.
1. Lone Traveller
Zakat can be given to the people who are left alone in some foreign country and have no money in pocket to eat or survive. You can also give it to the refugees living in your country (Only those who need the money and facing a really tough time.)
2. Allah’s Path
This can be given to the people who are fighting in the path of Allah, by fighting means, who are preaching FREE QURAN and spreading knowledge for free, You can make a donation.
People who are under the burden of the loan and can’t get away with it, you can donate to them to help them pay off their debts. But make sure that the money they borrowed utilized for Halal purposes.
4. Freeing Captives
You can use this money to free any slaves or captives.
5. Newly Accepted Muslims
if someone accepted Islam and is needy, then he or she is entitled to receive the money.
There are many Non-Governmental Organizations who accept Zakats, if you trust the organization and believe that your money will be received by a valid person then there is no harm in giving it away to these NGOs.
Masakin means extremely poor, who have no source of income and they barely eat thrice a day. They are highly entitled to receive the money.
Fuqara means the people who live on the streets and they have no means to even feed themselves.