Q 2 :
Can the financial Jihad (striving in the cause of Allah) be considered as a category of Zakah (obligatory charity)?
In other words, if there are poor and needy persons along with the Mujahidin (those who fight in the Cause of Allah), should Zakah money be distributed among them or should the poor and the needy be given at first and what remains may go to the Mujahidin since the poor and the needy are mentioned first in the Ayah specifying the proper channels of Zakah?
Giving to the poor, the needy and the Mujahidin in Allah's Cause from Zakah is permissible. They all are proper channels of Zakah distribution. Thus, each of them should be given what suffices them. If it is focused on some rather than others, there is nothing wrong with that.May Allah grant us success. May Allah's Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions!