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Are You The Ameen to Someone’s Dua?

Charity, Charity, Charity. A word that seems to echo throughout the masjid halls during this auspicious month of Ramadan. Words that seem to be snuck into the Friday sermon in an effort to get you when you least expect it, and jolt you into giving (if you’re not already sleeping). During this month it seems as though the charity card is …

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The 401(k) Zakat Shelter

One of the primary objectives of Islam is the development, preservation, and equitable distribution of wealth in society, and Zakat is the main vehicle for social and economic justice. Charitable giving is considered a proof of faith and withholding charity considered as a serious offense. Thus, when Abu Bakr became the Khalifa, and some tribes withheld paying Zakat, he emphatically …

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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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