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Help Famine Victims in Yemen & Somalia

More than 23 million people are facing the risk of famine in Yemen and Somalia, according to figures by the United Nations. Aid agencies estimate that a total of 6.8 million people in Yemen are deemed to be in a state of emergency – one step from famine on the five-point integrated food security phase classification (IPC), the standard international measure.   …

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How Much Did I Give Him?

A small child takes some money from his father, then goes over to a poor man and puts the money into his hands. He returns to his father and asks: “How much did I give him?” It is an innocent question, with no ulterior motive behind it. It is also a relevant question when we spend in charity, but if …

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Rewards for a Man Spending on Wife and Children

Generally speaking, man is responsible for spending on his wife and children according to his means. There is a direct order for that in the Qur’an as Allah Almighty says, “Let the rich man spend according to his means; and the man whose resources are restricted, let him spend according to what Allah has given him.” (At-Talaq 65:7) Such spending entails a …

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Make sure your Zakah is paid Correctly on Time

Non-payment of Zakāh is a direct cause of famine. The indirect causes maybe some scientific explanation like the change of weather patterns worldwide, the “greenhouse” effect or whatever else, but Allah Ta’ala is in control of the weather patterns, the workings of nature and He alone determines whether it should rain or not. As many people discharge their Zakah in …

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Few Days Left of Ramadan– It’s High Time for Charity

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “There is not a single day in which a servant wakes that two angels come down (from the Heavens). One of them says, O’ Allah! Give to the one that spends a substitute (for what he has spent). And the other one says, ‘O Allah! Give to the one that withholds (his money) …

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8 Things You should Know about Zakat al-Fitr

What’s Zakat al-Fitr? Zakat al-Fitr is a form of charity, which is given to the poor, at the end of the fasting the month of Ramadan. It therefore occurs once every Hijri/lunar year. Significance of Zakat al-Fitr Zakat al-Fitr was decreed in the 2nd year after the hijrah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to Madinah. That was …

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The Rulings of Sadaqat al-Fitr

The great Hanafi faqih (jurist) Imam Ibn al-Humam mentions: “Sadaqat al-Fitr is compulsory upon every free Muslim.” (Sharh Fath al-Qadir, 2:285) The Evidence All the scholars base their opinion on the following ahadith: ‘Abd Allah Ibn ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with him) narrates, “The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) enjoined the payment of onesa’ of dates or one sa’ of barley as …

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Zakat for Da’wah and Public Welfare Programs

In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty has mentioned 8 categories of people who can receive Zakah. Allah Almighty says: “Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to the truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: …

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Zakat al-Fitr Obligatory on the Fasting and non fasting Persons

Fasting is not a condition for zakat al-fitr being obligatory on Muslims. It is incumbent upon Muslims even if they did not observe fast because of being aging, or ill, or traveling. Furthermore, it is obligatory even on Muslims who are not yet legally responsible. Zakat al-fitr is incumbent on Muslims in general. Almighty Allah says in this regard: (But …

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The Hand That Gives: Etiquette of Zakat and Sadaqa

The Quran and hadith offer Prophetic guidance regarding the dispersal of our charity and zakat in person, not by proxy. This enables us to better understand the people we’re helping, know how the money is being put to use, and offer more than just cash. It’s important to have conversations with those we’re aiming to help to learn more about …

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