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Feeding the poor

Fatwaa ID: 504

Question:
Asalamualikum if we want to donate money to feed to the poor do they need to be Muslim to get the reward or can we feed any poor people regardless of their faith jzkl

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We presume that your question is pertaining to nafl charity. Nafl charity may be given to anyone, irrespective of faith and creed. In the enquired situation, you may donate to feed Muslims and non-Muslims. You will be rewarded for your act of kindness and compassion in both cases. However, the reward will be more when feeding a Muslim. This is due to many reasons. One such reason is that any righteous deed the Muslim does through the energy acquired from your food, you will get a reward of that as well.
It should be noted that for waajib and fardh charities, the recipient must be an eligible Muslim.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/11/1444 AH – 02/02/2023 CE | AML1-7004

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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