In a provocative fatwa that has sparked the anger and derision on social networking sites, the mufti of Egypt, Shawki Allam, allowed Zakat funds to be spent on security forces who are fighting terrorism.

Allam said in his interview during the “Mufti Dialogue” programme, broadcast on ON Live channel, that “the old scholars interpreted ‘money for God’ as spending Zakat money on weapons and soldiers fighting enemies, and this is a security struggle, along with the intellectual confrontation of extremism.”


He added that “methods of  confronting extremism have changed from the days of the Prophet (peace be upon him) until now.”


The Mufti explained that failing to confront extremists leads to corruption and the collapse of societies, saying: “The pen next to the gun, as the word and thought fighting is exactly equal to the security struggle.”

Allam’s fatwa trigger the responses from of a number of activists on twitter, who considered it as a license for the army and police to seize the Zakat funds in Egypt under the pretext of fighting terrorism.





World News


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