Q 3: Is it permissible to
transfer Zakah (obligatory charity) from one country to another?
Is it permissible to transfer it from one district to another within the same country?
It is prescribed to distribute Zakah of each country among its poor. The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to Mu`adh:
Let them [the people he was appointed to collect their Zakah] know that Allah has obliged them with paying Zakah (obligatory charity) to be taken from the rich and distributed among the poor.
(Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim) If there is a necessity behind transferring Zakah to another country such as a dire need, such as of poor relatives living there, etc., it is permissible to do so. (Part No. 8; Page No. 347) Yet, moving Zakah from a district to another within the same country is permissible because the same ruling applies to the entire country.May Allah grant us success. May Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his Companions!