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When we give zakat to people of the interior they use it for various needs but the biggest problem is that of water.

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

When we give zakat to people of the interior they use it for various needs but the biggest problem is that of water. So if you want to install a water null than we have to give money to the person incharge of water providing facility.

My question is that in this way the money is not given to the needy but it is told to himn that "ZAKAT" money is being used for installation. Is this allowed ?

Or in other words can we indirectly provide a person with a basic necessity by giving zakat money to incharge of that facility and not to that needy.

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Zakah to needy

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 60:

60      Alms are for the poor, and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds), for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the Truth), for those in bondage and in debt, in the cause of Allah, and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah and Allah is full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

Allah Subhanah has prescribed that ‘zakah’ should be paid to any of the above eight categories.  If one wishes to install collective water facilities for the needy, there is absolutely no restriction in from paying this money from one’s zakah funds, regardless of whether it is paid directly to the needy individual or to an organization who would oversee or fulfill the needs of the people.

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