13:51 - April 04, 2020
News ID: 3471035
TEHRAN (IQNA) – Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the grand mufti of Jerusalem al-Quds, issued a Fatwa saying that Zakat can be used to help in the fight against the coronavirus.


Sheikh Sabri, who is the Head of the High Islamic Supreme Council and Imam and preacher of Al Aqsa Mosque, called on well-to-do people to earmark the Zakat of their wealth to help counter the economic challenges caused by the virus.

They do not need to wait for the holy month of Ramadan to pay their Zakat, he said in the Fatwa, website reported.

He also praised the efforts made to raise funds to help those in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Zakat is a religious obligation, ordering all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria to donate a certain portion of wealth each year to charitable causes.

The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 1,1 million people worldwide.

The Palestinian Authority has reported 205 cases and five deaths from the disease so far.




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