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Zakat

Q:

Assalamualaikum, Can zakat money be used to get a deep water well for the esaale sawab in the name of my grandparents?

A:

Waalaykum Salam.

For such cases you need to obtain permission from the office of your Marjah.

To further follow up your query I phoned the office of Sayyid Sistani and they replied:" if the well is dug in a village or remote areas where water is an issue and you are providing the service for free, you can use the money to build it."

For 'isaale thawab', since paying zakat is a Hasanah, an act of thawab on its own, you can make an intention for your gramdparents to be the beneficiaries of the lofty cause.

Fiamanillah

N.S.Jaffery