Q: What does the category al-Mu’allafati Qulubuhum (winning hearts) mean?
A: Ibn Ashur (d.1393 AH) states that Al-Mu’allafati Qulubuhum’ refers to creating positive
perceptions, feelings and inclinations towards Islam and Muslims. Imam Raghib al-Asfahani
(d.502 AH) states that Ta’lif linguistically refers to assembling scattered things. In the context
of Zakat, it refers to those with negative or neutral perceptions about Islam and Muslims, and
enabling them to think more positively towards Islam and Muslims.
And Allah knows best!
Mufti Faraz Adam