As-Salamu `alykum. We would like to know the legal ruling as regards something very important to all Muslims, most especially Muslims living in America and Europe. It concerns the building of Mosques and Islamic centers there, as they play a great role in the progress of our Islamic activities. It should be noted that Muslim communities in European countries and also students with temporary residence permits are in dire need of Islamic centers to carry out their various religious activities.However, a question usually arises as regards obligatory charity or Zakah, whi ch constitutes the main source of income to the Islamic societies: Can money collected as Zakah be used to build Islamic centers in the West?
As-Salamu `Alaykum. Thank you very much for the wonderful service you present. Your efforts are yieding their desired fruits, Masha Allah. Could you please answer this question for me! Is it permissible for us to obtain money from our National Lottery to build an Islamic center. Approximately, 25% of the ticket cost goes towards charity.