: Nov 28, 2017

It is a common misconception that charity (sadaqah) can only be given to Muslims. This is incorrect, for we are commanded to be charitable to all people: Muslim…

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It is a common misconception that charity (sadaqah) can only be given to Muslims. This is incorrect, for we are commanded to be charitable to all people: Muslims and non-Muslims.

Some of the early converts to Islam in Madinah had Jewish relatives, and they thought that it was not allowed to give charity to those relatives who were poor. So Allah revealed, “It is not your task to guide them, for Allah guides whom He wishes. And whatever charity you give, then it will be for your own benefit…” [al-Baqarah; 272].

And the Prophet (salla Allah alayhi wa sallam) said to them, “Give charity to people of other faiths.” [Reported by Ibn Abī Shaybah 3/177 – see al-Ṣaḥīḥa 2766].

It is true that zakat has stricter rulings, and zakat should typically be given to other Muslims (note: there are exceptions for this, which are found in the books of fiqh). However, general charity is given to all, regardless of faith, and of the greatest acts of charities is feeding the poor and helping those in need.

So give, to all charitable causes, and know that when you give to others, Allah will give more to you, and in reality you are giving for your own benefit in the Hereafter.

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