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3238: Ruling on giving charity to non-Muslims


Is it permissible to give charity to non-Muslims if they are in urgent need? Will the person who gives such charity be rewarded?

Praise be to Allaah.

It is permissible to give charity to non-Muslims and this action will be rewarded, if they are in need of it, but they should not be given the obligatory charity, i.e. zakaat, unless they are those whose hearts are to be softened (i.e., they are close to embracing Islam). It is a condition for giving charity to non-Muslims that they should not be involvied in fighting the Muslims or driving them from their homes, because charity in such cases would be seen as helping them to wage war against the Muslims. (Fataawa Mutanawwi’ah by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 521).

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allaah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allaah loves those who deal with equity. It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allaah forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the zaalimoon (wrong-doers – those who disobey Allaah.)” [al-Mumtahimah 60:8-9].

Muslims should seek first and foremost to give their charity to their Muslim brothers who are in need, and there are plenty of them. And Allaah knows best.

Country: 
Canada
News Date: 
21/07/2017
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Federal regulators have revoked the charity status of a Canadian Islamic organization after an audit uncovered problems including tax receipts that were issued for donations to a Pakistani group linked to armed militancy. ISNA Islamic Services of Canada was stripped of its charitable status for “non-compliance,” according to records obtained by Global News. Authorities also revoked a related charity, the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation. Both are former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada), and shared its Mississauga, Ont. address.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
24/06/2017
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A Luton Islamic School which segregated staff by gender and hosted radical speakers has been slammed by the Charity Commission and accused of misconduct. The Rabia Educational Trust caters for 128 pupils, charges up to £2,300 a year, and has the stated ‘charitable aim’ of advancing “the single sex Islamic faith based education of girls and boys.” It was found to have poor management, mismanaged accounts, and failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views in the past, the regulator claimed in an 

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
23/06/2017
Summary: 

An Islamic school that hosted radical clerics and segregated teachers by gender is accused today by the Charity Commission of mismanagement and misconduct. The regulator expressed concern that the Rabia Educational Trust, which caters for 128 pupils and charges up to £2,300 a year, had failed to protect pupils from potentially harmful views. Ofsted has inspected Rabia girls’ and boys’ school in Luton four times since 2014 but it continues to fail to meet educational and management standards and remains under regulatory action by the schools inspectorate.

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  • The implication is that Muslims too love Jesus -- an approach that is bound to attract Christian passers-by (including priests and nuns) if only out of curiosity. But the Jesus of the Qur'an is not the Jesus of the New Testament. For Muslims, he is not the Son of God, not one third of the Trinity, did not die on the cross, was not resurrected after death, and is not God incarnate. He is simply one of a long line of prophets, important -- yet inferior to Muhammad.

  • "We call them stinking kafir [non-Muslims], dirty. But, of course, akhi [brother], if that's going to run them away from al-Islam, we don't say that to them in front of their face." — Abu Usamah, an imam at the Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

  • No one loves the kuffaar. No one loves the kuffaar! [unbelievers] ... Whether these kuffaar are from the UK, or from the US ... We love the people of Islam and we hate the people of the kufr. We hate the kuffaar. Whoever changes his religion from al-Islam to anything else kill him in the Islamic state. — Abu Usamah al-Thahabi, Channel 4 documentary, 2007.

The more that Islam, Islamic terrorism, Muslim extremism, and anxieties in Europe about Muslim immigrants receive a bad press, the more many Muslim organizations and individuals see a need to make a better impression on the public in America, Europe, Canada and Australia. This does not refer to genuine reformers who work hard to create a new Islam from which its most negative values -- jihad, corporal punishment, execution for adultery, female oppression and violence -- have been replaced by values closer to the Judaeo-Christian principles that inform Western civilization. The target here is the extremists who have taken lessons from the world of public relations management, and who see advantage in adopting at least an outward style of liberalization and peace activism.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
11/04/2017
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Britain’s Charity Commission is asking the Islamic Aid group why it invited a hardline Islamic preacher on a fundraising tour of Britain. Yasir Qadhi features in a tour of eight cities starting this month.

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  • In its report, the Charity Commission makes note of the iERA's promotion of hate preachers, but treats the charity as a victim of such extremism, rather than an instigator.
  • According to the Commission, bureaucracy is the solution -- the iERA's extremism will be solved by more "adequate procedures... to prevent abuse of the charity, its status, facilities or assets."
  • Those more familiar with the iERA will know that asking this Salafist charity to produce and follow its own counter-extremism plan is akin to demanding that the Ku Klux Klan introduce affirmative action hiring processes.
  • Extremist charities are not private institutions: charitable status affords extraordinary legal and financial benefits, including the opportunity for radical Islamist organisations to claim government subsidies. But no government should allow extremist networks to exploit charitable status. Shut these charities down, and ban those Islamist activists from ever again becoming trustees of a charitable organisation.
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
04/08/2016
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
30/07/2016
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