Why cannot we give zakat to Turkish schools but imam-hatips?

You answered “no” to the question concerning giving Zakat to Turkish schools abroad, but “yes” to the question concerning giving Zakat to imam hatip schools. Isn’t there a contradiction between these two answers? Shouldn’t it count as “fi sebilillah” giving Zakat to Turkish schools? Can you explain the nuance between?

Imam hatip schools, Qur’an courses, associations and foundations survive not with their own resources, but with the donations from public. Private schools and colleges cannot accept donation. Because they can manage their own needs and produce profit for their owners with the fees they collect from their students, meaning they are commercial organizations. That’s why; you cannot give Zakat to them. That’s the nuance between.

Please read:
http://www.islamandquran.org/can-i-give-my-zakat-to-imam-hatip-schools
http://www.islamandquran.org/can-we-give-zakat-or-fitra-to-turkish-schools

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Date: Sep 4, 2011