Tag Archives: Poverty

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The Eight Categories of People Entitled to Receive the Zakat

By Shaykh Saalih Al-Uthaymeen Allaah has mentioned in the Quran where to spend your charity and (has outlined) those who deserve to receive the obligatory charity, (which is all) based on His knowledge, wisdom, justice and mercy. "As-Sadaqat (here it means Zakat) are only for the Fuqara' (poor), and Al-Masakin (the poor) and those employed to collect (the funds); and for to attract the hearts of those who have been inclined (towards Islam); and to free the captives; and for those in debt; and for Allaah's Cause (i.e. for Mujahidun - those fighting in the holy wars), and for the wayfarer (a traveller who is cut off from everything); a duty imposed Read more ...

Dignity, not Charity

One day, a man from Madinah approached the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) for help, and the Prophet asked whether he had any possessions in his house. He (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) asked the man to bring the cloth and bowl which he owned, then sold them to one of his companions for two dirhams. The Prophet (Sallallahu alayhi wassallam) told the man to spend one dirham on food for his family, and use the other to buy an axe – then he instructed him to “go and gather firewood, I do not want to see you for a fortnight.” By gathering wood and selling it, the man made ten dirhams, which he used to buy food and clothes for his family Read more ...

Five Years of Brutality – Bequest of Cast Lead

Many will spend the day recalling these moments in time five years ago that stunned the world. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what sears these moments into the mind’s eye. Perhaps it was the corpses that piled up on the streets of Gaza as the mortuaries overflowed. Perhaps it was the mountains of rubble left in the places that were once called ‘home’ by the people of Gaza. Perhaps it was the ferocity with which the might of the worlds most sophisticated armaments were brought to bear on the souls of a defenseless civilian population. What remains without question is that Gaza was never the same after Operation Cast Lead and neither would the Read more ...

7 Social Aspects of Ramadan

In Islam, most Ibaadah have Social Aspects, fasting is no exception. Fasting is a matchless and unique institution of Islam. Through it, Islam has planted an ever growing tree of infinite virtue. 1. One of the social aspects of fasting is that it helps in understanding the pains and suffering of the poor and the deprived. We know from our own fasting for 12-18 hours (in most areas of the world) the difficulties of those who go without food. This should ideally create a mindset to remove poverty from the world. Islam indeed removed poverty from Muslim world through Zakat and its economic teachings in its early phase which we later forgot for various reasons. Read more ...