Friday, December 31, 2004

Mohammed the Charitable

Is it any wonder why Muslims are so beloved throughout the world?

This is from Little Green Footballs who has it from Live Fatwa:

Name: Mary

Question: It is permissible for us, as Muslims, to
make du`aa’ for those human beings afflicted there even if those people include
Muslims and non-Muslims?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be
upon His Messenger.

Thank you.

There is no harm or prohibition to pray for those people who lost their
lives in that natural disaster. However, your beloved Muslim brothers and
sisters deserve more and more of prayers and du’aa’. They deserve your moral and
financial assistances. You should share their sorrow and difficult time and do
invoke Allah to accept them among the Shuhada’ or martyrs on the day of

Name: Hakim

Question: Can we give those afflicted people a portion
of our zakah money even if they are non-Muslims? How about giving them

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be
upon His Messenger.

Thank you.

The receivers of Zakah money are clearly mentioned in the Qur’an. Among
them, the poor and needy people. Looking at the situation of those people who
are afflicted, one can conclude that the Muslims among them fall under the
category of needy people.
In this regard, those Muslims deserve to receive a
portion of Zakah. As for non-Muslims, they might deserve donation or any other
form of assistance but not Zakah.
Thus, Zakah should be given to poor and
needy Muslims. Some non-Muslims may receive a portion of Zakah if there is hope
that by giving them Zakah that might lead to their conversion into Islam. They
would be then considered under the category of mu’allafati qulubuhun or those
whose hearts are inclined to accept Islam.

Are you thirsty? Convert and I'll let you have a sip.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On : 12/31/2004 1:30:09 PM seven (www) said:

that doesn't sound very charitable, even when trying to be charitable lol

this country sends a lot of aid overseas, both privately and publicly,
should we determine their religion before they can have a handout?

thanks for pointing that out =)


On : 12/31/2004 3:21:15 PM Trashman (www) said:

Don't get me started.


On : 12/31/2004 10:17:25 PM Inanna (www) said:

don't get me started either ... ... *walks away muttering about stupid people who believe they know the will of the Almighty Numero Uno Higher Power who should kick that Gracious, merciful, peace, blessing bullshit spewing fucktard in the nads*


On : 1/1/2005 1:16:25 PM tinyhands (www) said:

Yes, Islam is one of the most evangelical religions. Even if you're a good & nice person, they don't like you. Indonesia and Malaysia have large concentrations of Islam - I hate that they still hate us for trying to save their miserable butts.


On : 1/2/2005 5:40:32 PM wilde_thought (www) said:

I'm not taking sides but this strikes me as one of those problems in definitions. I did a quick Google of the term Zukah and the Qur'an has extremely specific ways in which it can be used. Zukah is a portion of a person's wealth, tabulated each year, and it's given to specific groups of people only. The person answering these questions did state that money that is not part of the Zukah could be used to donate to non-Muslims.

Asking a devout Muslim to give Zukah to something other than what is written in their religious tenents would be like asking a Catholic priest to give Last Rites to a non-Catholic. It wouldn't be done.


On : 1/2/2005 6:29:07 PM Zelda (www) said:

wt - Firstly, a Catholic priest would most definitely give last rites to a non-catholic. It's communion he wouldn't give, but if the person were dying, he could baptize them, give them communion and last rites all at once, if they wanted. He wouldn't deny someone on their deathbed any of that.

But if you want to compare Muslim and Catholic charity, go right ahead. Muslims lose hands down. Catholics don't demand conversion before they hand out their charity, and they don't make distinctions based on religion. My biggest problem is with Muslim distinctions. When you make distinctions between who you can and cannot give the "special" charity to, you are making a value judgement on the person's life based on nothing but YOUR religion. I abhor that attitude with every fiber of my being.

I will not make excuses for Muslims' lack of charity especially when so many Muslims are starving and being tortured at the hands of their own (who according to Qur'an they are supposed to look out for). It's inexcusable.


On : 1/7/2005 8:19:37 AM Feel Free to Hate (www) said:

I don't know that taking information from Little Green Footballs is the best place to learn about Islam as they are notoriously anti-Muslim. Kinda like learning about black people from the KKK. I mean, I'm just sayin'. It's up to you. Most Americans are so virulently prejudiced against Muslims that they don't want to learn what 2 billion people in the world actually believe and would rather have the lies fed to them on a continuing basis. I mean, it's more fun that way, isn't it? And easier too. The big bad bogeyman in the closet. Us versus Them. The whole grand Good versus Evil fairy tale. Who really wants to have their conscience disturbed by the thought that they might be a bigot? Let's keep them at that subhuman level even though they are no less human than you are. Saying "they hate us too" isn't a defense, it's a copout. And it's not even true. Al-Qaeda and their ilk are a minority of a minority. Muslims are no different than you -- they want to live in peace, they want their children to grow up in a stable, secure environment, and they are really too busy with their own personal lives to give a rat's ass whether or not you are Muslim. They don't want to kill you, they don't want to convert you, they just want to be left alone. They'd like the chance to fix the problems in their respective societies instead of continuing to suffer under puppet governments propped up by "foreign aid" -- do you really think Muslims are unaware of the need to change? Do you really think that there aren't Muslims out there trying to change the lives of their fellow Muslims? Do you know what happens to them? -- put in jail, tortured, killed, silenced by those self-same puppet governments.

Don't you think a neutral source would be better? A good place to start would be the work of Karen Armstrong, who isn't a Muslim and who has written extensively about Islam. (

There are two types of charity in Islam, btw. Zakat is the yearly "tax" based on a person's income (2% of all wealth accumulated), comes only at Ramadan, and is meant for Muslims only. Sadaqa is simply giving and can be given to anyone in need at any time. There are no limits on it such as there is in Zakat. Learn and understand. What a radical concept. Of course, if you prefer having your thoughts and beliefs fed to you by a Big Brother government, why bother? It's pablum for little minds.


On : 1/11/2005 9:43:32 PM Zelda (www) said:

Whatever dude. Sorry you went to all that trouble to be insulting when you still give out incorrect information. Zakat is not a tax. It's a mandatory religious donation. And if it's supposed to benefit Muslims, all I can say is that you're being short-changed.