Zakat: Islamic Charity for Jihad but Not for Needy Unbelievers

Muslim writer: zakat (Islamic almsgiving) may not be given to non-Muslims or to build hospitals or orphanages, but can go for jihad warfare

Thanks to Robert Spencer via ROP

Ever wondered why so many Islamic “charities” have turned out to be jihad-financing factories? Here are some telling sections from “21 Common Misconceptions about Zakaah,” by Asma bint Shameem, an article that came to me in my morning mailing from the “Islam_1_God_1_Religion_1_Truth” Yahoo Group. Someone made me a member of that in hopes, I guess, of converting me to Islam. Every mailing contains the tagline, “Only Authentic Information about Islam is passed backed by Quran or Hadith’s [sic].” In them, Asma bint Shameem explains that zakat, the obligatory alms that Muslims must pay, may not be given to non-Muslims, and may not be used to build hospitals, orphanages, or even to print Qur’ans or build mosques, but may be used to finance jihadists.

Will Honest Ibe Hooper or Boy Reza Aslan or some other giant of Moderate Islam denounce Asma bint Shameem as a Misunderstander of Islam or even as a Greasy Islamophobe? Or is she right on these points?

One thing is certain: even though she is accurately stating the position of Islamic regarding zakat, it is I who will be denounced as an “Islamophobe” for passing this on, not she who will be denounced for these positions promoting hatred and warfare.

Misconception # 18: Zakaah can be given to Non-Muslims if they are poorIt is not permissible to give Zakaah to any kaafir except the one who is inclined towards Islam, in the hope that he will become Muslim if you give him zakaah (al-Tawbah:60).

 Now you know.

Al-Tawbah:60 is Qur’an 9:60: “Alms are for the poor and the needy, and those employed to administer the (funds); for those whose hearts have been (recently) reconciled (to Truth); for those in bondage and in debt; in the cause of Allah; and for the wayfarer: (thus is it) ordained by Allah, and Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom.”

Misconception # 19: I will use Zakaah to build hospitals, masjid and orphanagesThat is not permissible, because this is not included in the eight categories on which zakaah may be spent.

Allaah tells us that Zakaah may be spent on the following:
“As-Sadaqaat (Zakaah) are only
for the Fuqaraa (poor),
and Al-Masaakeen (the poor)
and those employed to collect (the funds);
and to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam);
and to free the captives;
and for those in debt;
and for Allaah’s Cause (Mujaahidoon — those fighting in a holy battle),
and for the wayfarer (a traveler who is cut off from everything)” [al-Tawbah:60]

But if the intention in giving the money to an orphanage is so that this money will be spent on the poor orphans, then this is permissible, if the orphans are poor.
Similarly, Zakaah cannot be used to print Quraans and other Dawah material.

Related:

Rich Arabs are a bit shy when it comes to aid:

US is biggest giver to Horn of Africa famine efforts; Saudi Arabia top Muslim country donor

NAIROBI, Kenya – A U.N. list of countries donating aid money to the Horn of Africa famine shows that the U.S. is by far the biggest donor, having given around $580 million in aid this year.

The U.N. says the world community has given $1.1 billion in aid so far, but that $1.3 billion more is needed to help the more than 12 million people in need. At least 30,000 people have already died.

Britain is the second-biggest donor at $205 million, followed by Japan and Australia. Saudi Arabia is next at $60 million. It is the biggest donor from the Muslim world.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday announced another $17 million in U.S. funding. She said the drought is a reminder of the need to invest in global agriculture.

3 thoughts on “Zakat: Islamic Charity for Jihad but Not for Needy Unbelievers”

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