Benefit: Using Zakāt al-Māl to Benefit the Masjid?
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
[Q]: A masjid here in Canada claims they have "fatwás" from a group of scholars permitting Canadians and those in non-Muslim lands to give their zakāh to the masjid, meaning that it can be used to build or further the masjid. Who are the ones eligible for zakāt al-māl, and could it be ever allowed for mosques to keep the money of zakāt al-māl?
The question above is addressed in the audio benefit. Also, one should read Citations of Consensus Regarding the Spending of Zakāh on General Charities and Shaykh Ibn Bāz on Spending Zakāh Money to Build Masjids and Schools.