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Sadaqah and zakaah to Palestine and other fundraisings

Fatwaa ID: 1990

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكُم وَ رَحْمَةُ الله ِ و َ بَرَكَاتُهُ

Mufti sahab, a friend is seeking guidance on the following:

“Just wanted to ask can sadqa, Zakat, donation etc be given for Palestinian or any other fundraising?”

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

May Allaah Ta’aala assist our oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine and remove them from their difficulties. May He give the oppressors what they deserve. May He grant strength and courage the Muslims.

Nafl sadaqah and charity may be given to the people of Palestine. Likewise, one may donate nafl sadaqah towards other fundraisings that are for good causes.

As for zakaah and waajib sadaqahs, there are specific avenues and criteria that apply. Unlike nafl sadaqah, they cannot be given to just anyone or any cause. As such, it would not be permissible to give zakaah funds towards the above avenues unless you are able to verify that 100% of your zakaah funds are going to needy zakaah eligible Muslims. Many charity organizations assist on a general basis, and rightfully so for nafl sadaqah, without verifying the religion or the financial standing of the recipient. If you are aware of reputable organizations that ensure that 100% of your zakaah funds are going to eligible needy Muslims, then you may entrust them with your zakaah funds. Otherwise, you should assist with nafl sadaqah only.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/04/1445 AH – 12/18/2023 CE | AML1-8644

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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