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    Posted: 14 September 2009 at 12:20am
Assalamo-alikum Dear sisters and Brothers;
 
I have a qusetion regarding zakat. Can we give zakat to a non muslim like christian , Hindu etc???? Our driver is christian but we cant not take the risk of giving him zakat although he is poor and deserving.So please reply in the light of Quran and Hadith.
And also can we give sadqa to christian or Hindu.???
 
 
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  Asslamu Alikum

  Sister give me the time to ask a knowledgeable person.  I f your driver is needy just wait for a day.
       Do not rush it until I know and tell you inshallah.
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It is not permissible to give zakaah on one’s wealth or crops, or Zakaat al-Fitr, to kaafirs, even if they are poor, or wayfarers, or debtors, and if one who gives zakaah to them, that is not counted as zakaah. It is permissible to give regular charity – not obligatory charity (i.e., zakaah) to poor kaafirs, and to exhange gifts and with them and treat them well to soften their hearts towards Islam, so long as they have not carried out any hostile actions against the Muslims, which would disallow that. 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 nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allaah loves those who deal with equity” [al-Mumtahanah 60:8] And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions, and grant them peace. From Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, vol. 10, p. 30 There is one category of zakaah that may be given to the kuffaar, which is “to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam)” (cf. al-Tawbah 9:60). It is permissible to give zakaah funds to those kaafirs who hold positions of authority and influence among their people, if there is the hope that by giving them something they may become Muslims, then those who are under them may become Muslim too. And Allaah is the Source of strength.
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As-Salamu `Alykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. May this letter find you in the best of health and the highest Islamic spirit. To my knowledge, Zakah is distributed to any of the eight eligible beneficiaries (1. the poor, 2. the needy, 3. the administrators of Zakah, 4. people whose hearts are inclined to Islam, 5. to free slaves, 6. those who are in debt, 7. in the Cause of Allah, and 8. the wayfarers) that are mentioned in the Qur'an; priority should be given to the poor and needy.

I would like to ask: Do the items (1& 2) refer solely to Muslims? Or can the beneficiary here be a non-Muslim?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for showing keenness on knowing the teachings of Islam, and we appreciate the great confidence you have in us. We hope our efforts meet your expectations.

As regards your question, Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, states:

"The majority of scholars are of the view that non-Muslims should not be given of the money of Zakah except those whose hearts are inclined to Islam, though there is a difference over whether such stipulation is still relevant or not and the permissibility of giving them of the Zakah money is hunted with controversy.

The prohibition of giving them of the Zakah money is based on the hadith of Mu`adh Ibn Jabal when he was sent by the Prophet to Yemen: "It (Zakah) is to be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor among them," i.e. the rich among Muslims and the poor among them. (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Ibn Al-Mundhir says: "All people of knowledge we know are unanimous on the fact that a Dhimmi cannot be given of the Zakah on properties."

As for Zakatul-Fitr , Abu Hanifah holds that it is allowed to give it to the Dhimmis. It is reported that `Amr Ibn Maymu and others used to give the monks of the Zakah money. But Imam Malik, Ahmad, Al-Layth and Abu Thawr say it is not allowed to give them from it. The author of Al-Bayan quotes Ibn Sirin and Az-Zuhari as saying it is permissible to give Zakah to non-Muslims."

Supporting the view of prohibition, Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi, former President of the Islamic Society of North America, states:

"Zakah is a special charity and it should be given only to the poor and needy among Muslims. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: "It (Zakah) should be taken from the rich from amongst them and should be given to the poor among them."

So, if a person gives charity to non-Muslim organizations, he is not allowed to deduct that from the amount he has to pay for the obligatory Zakah. He still has to pay full Zakah from his wealth annually according to the nisab."

However, Dr. Monzer Kahf, a prominent Muslim economist and counselor, argues:

“Verse 60 of surat 9 (At-Tawbah) does not confine the category of poor and needy to Muslims. Hence, it is evident that Zakah MAY BE GIVEN TO MUSLIM AS WELL AS NON-MUSLIM POOR AND NEEDY. As for the payment of Zakah to non-Muslim poor and needy, I have to add that I had in mind Christians and Jews and whoever we treat similarly such as Hindus and Zoroastrians (as the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to treat them like the People of the Book) who live with Muslims peacefully. The permissibility is limited to this category.

In his book Fiqh Az-Zakah, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, states that the hadith of Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) when sent to Yemen does not stand in the face of the general implication of the verses. This opinion is supported by the practice of `Umar Ibn Al-Khattab. The hadith 'It is to be taken from the rich among them and given to the poor among them', has been interpreted to refer to the geographical area, i.e. from among the people of Yemen, though the phrase is also interpreted to refer only to Muslims. In other words, it is not a 'text' in this argument and Sheikh Al-Qaradawi prefers the permissibility of giving Zakah to non-Muslims."

Also, the late Sheikh Sayyed Sabiq (may Allah bless his soul) gave preference to the opinion of giving Zakatul-Fitr to non-Muslims. He states in his book, Fiqh As-Sunnah:

"Az-Zuhri, Abu Hanifah, Muhammad, and Ibn Shubrumah maintain that it’s permissible to give Zakatul-Fitr to a Dhimmi, basing their argument on the following verse: 'Allah allows you to show kindness and deal justly with those who did not war against you on account of religion and did not drive you out from your homes. Lo! Allah loves those who are just.' (Al-Mumtahinah: 8)"

Thus, it appears that the issue is controversial among scholars. The view of the majority is based on the general meaning of the hadith prohibiting giving Zakah to non-Muslims, while the view of other scholars revolves around the generality of the Qur'anic verse on Zakah as well as the interpretation of the hadith as referring only to some specific people.

Dr. Monzer Kahf, suggests:

"Yet, having many people who qualify as poor and needy, we may resort to the following four criteria to help select between them:

1- The degree of need, a starving person must be given priority.

2- The person's relation to the payer of Zakah: a relative is preferred over non-relative (the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: 'It is Zakah and a link [to the heart of a relative].' A neighbor is also given priority.

3- The degree of religiosity of the receiver: this is within the spirit of the advice of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him): 'And let your food not be eaten except by a pious person.'

4- Availability of other sources for a specific poor/needy.

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Quote Full of Hopes Replybullet Posted: 15 September 2009 at 2:26am

  Jazaki Allah Khairn sister.. very useful information. May Allah bless you and raise your rank.
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