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Understanding the Wisdom Behind Zakat al-Fitr

Understanding the Wisdom Behind Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat al-Fitr helps to cultivate among the members of society the habit of giving. This is another reason why the obligation of paying this form of charity is connected with each and every capable individual, regardless of how much wealth that person has.

Is Fasting Really About Feeling for the Poor?

Is Fasting Really About Feeling for the Poor?

Many people interpret the wisdom behind fasting as follows: When the rich suffer from hunger and thirst, they feel the agony of the poor and, thus, they rush to spend on them in charity. In the same vein, when the poor see the rich as suffering from hunger and thirst during their fast, they comfort …

Ramadan Sharing Fridges Expand to Serve More This Year

DUBAI – Three years ago, when Australian expat Sumayyah Sayed put a fridge stocked with free food and water on her front porch in Ramadan, it was certainly beyond her imagination that this would turn into a big giant community project. Today, more than 27,000 have joined the campaign to help the poor during the …

Why Do Muslims Fast a Whole Month? Is it a Punishment?

This is actually an image of what Ramadan is all about. It is a time to sweep out our spiritual house of all the dust and the cobwebs that have accumulated over the past year, welcoming Allah once more into our hearts with renewed vigor.

Muslim Students 'Blessing Box' Feeds Detroit Poor

WAYNE – The Muslim Student Association at Wayne State University, Detroit, has set up a ‘blessing box’ under the slogan “Take what you can, Leave what you can” outside the University’s Islamic Center of Detroit in Midtown, known as Cass Mosque. “The things that go in the box for passersby are nonperishable food, clothing and …

Muslim Free Clinic Serves San Antonio Poor

SAN ANTONIO – Like no other clinic in San Antonio, El Bari Community Health Clinic remains the only health facility in the city that provides its services totally free of charge. “We will treat everyone who comes in, even those with insurance,” Dr. Suhaib Haq, who, along with his wife, Dr. Sarah Samreen, founded the …

5 Things to Consider When Giving Charity

5 Things to Consider When Giving Charity

When you give in charity, you should present a pleasant face and a kind manner. Smile. Do not stretch out your hand while leaning back in disdain from them, as if you regard poverty as some sort of contagious disease you might just catch if you get too close.

Why is the Muslim Majority So Poor?

Why is the Muslim Majority So Poor?

Islam greatly encourages giving money to the poor, and Zakah is a pillar of Islam. Charity is mentioned in the Quran and in the Sunnah. So why is it that many Muslim countries have a rich elite minority, but the majority of people are very poor?



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