Helping non-Muslims

Q254 :A Christian fellow countryman of mine has died recently. A number of our compatriots have contributed to a fund to help his family. Is it permissible for me also to contribute to it?


A254 : It is certainly permissible to help a poor Christian family, unless one knows that they are actively hostile to Islam. It is reported that Umar ibn Al-Khattab saw an elderly Christian man begging. He asked about his situation and when he was told that the man was a Christian, he ordered that he should be given help from the treasury of the Muslim state. His reasons were that the man paid the tax imposed on non-Muslims when he was able to earn. Therefore, he was entitled to help when he lost that source of his income.


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