Q: What are the themes in the categories of Zakat?
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A: The categories of Zakat can be divided into three categories considering the purpose which they serve:
Poverty relief and economic empowerment - this incorporates the first (the poor), second (the needy), fifth (those in bondage), sixth (those in debt) and eighth (travellers in need) categories of Zakat.
Causes for Islam - this incorporates category four (those whose hearts need winning over) and category seven (for the cause of Allah) of Zakat distribution.
Zakat management - this incorporates category three (administrators of Zakat)