Yes. CAGE is an organisation that works for the defence of the oppressed, and for the release of the unjustly incarcerated. We also stand for the principles of Justice. Running an NGO with this purpose in mind is something Scholars such as Shaykh Jafar Idris and other qualified Islamic Jurists we’ve consulted have said is permissible for Zakat insha’Allah.
Differences do exist on this issue. Since Zakat is an individual obligation and each person must dispense of it in a way they believe is appropriate, we encourage you to seek counsel from scholars you trust as to how your Zakat should be spent, should you have any questions.
(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)