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Being a Muslim Volunteer: Why & How

Being a Muslim Volunteer: Why & How

Done with the right intention and the appropriate manner, volunteerism and altruism brings about tremendous pleasure from our Creator. As Muslims we should see ourselves as world citizens. Our compassion and help are not limited to Muslims or even humans only; we should care about all God’s creation. What does Islam say about volunteering? And why it is …

Help Famine Victims in Yemen & Somalia

Help Famine Victims in Yemen & Somalia

More than 23 million people are facing the risk of famine in Yemen and Somalia, according to figures by the United Nations. Aid agencies estimate that a total of 6.8 million people in Yemen are deemed to be in a state of emergency – one step from famine on the five-point integrated food security phase classification (IPC), …

Why Muslims Should Take Pride in Islamic Greetings

Why Muslims Should Take Pride in Islamic Greetings

In a June 1999 interview, British writer and Nobel laureate Doris Lessing (1919–2013) reminisces about a Shanghai visit during which she had this experience: One evening I heard a Chinese family singing “Happy Birthday.” It was weird. You would have thought that they would have their own happy birthday song. Every dominant society in the …

Part 3: How Islam Fights Hunger (30 Verses and Hadiths)

Part 3: How Islam Fights Hunger (30 Verses and Hadiths)

In Part One of this series, we have read Qur’anic verses and hadiths that encourage work and production, prohibit wasting of resources, and maintain food security. Part Two has featured the Qur’anic verses and hadiths that appreciate plantation and explore the duties of the states in fighting hunger. This part will focus on social solidarity …

Famine Kills Hundreds as Drought Ravages Somalia

Famine Kills Hundreds as Drought Ravages Somalia

According to NPR.org, at least 6.2 million people in Somalia — or just about half the country — are grappling with the prospect of an acute food shortage due to deepening drought. The Somali Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, and the Somali National Drought Committee, announced that over a two-day span, at least 110 people …

The Prophet's mercy upon the poor was for their own good and welfare and to help them attain true happiness.

Prophet Muhammad's Care for the Poor

It should not be perceived that by the Prophet’s giving and encouraging his companions to give would mean that he would accept that the poor may continue to ask for help for the rest of their lives. On the contrary he was keen on teaching the poor the importance of working to fulfill one’s own needs.

Can I Give My Zakah to a Poor Friend?

Can I Give My Zakah to a Poor Friend?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi 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 questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and …

Zakah on Land

Zakah on Land of No Income: Obligatory?

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, thank you for your question that shows your interest to know more about the teachings of Islam and your concern to …

Can We Give Zakah to Non-Muslims?

Can We Give Zakah to Non-Muslims?

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 …



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