Al-Maun Fund does a tremendous job of helping needy families so click on the image above to vote for them. Do your part!
Watch this video if you haven’t watched it yet. I was wondering if there is anything similar to this regarding the atrocities in Syria. I like how it gets the people involved.
Allâh says (what means), “The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allâh in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).” (Al-Qadr 97:3)
“The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the Way of Allâh, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allâh gives manifold increase to whom He pleases. And Allâh is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” (Al-Baqarah 2:261)
Just imagine the returns if you give 1 Dinar or 1$ sincerely in the way of Allâh on laylatul qadr! Suppose you give 1$ every night in these last 10 nights of Ramadhaan you would have spent 10$. And the returns are much more than:-
1*7*100*1000*30 + 9*7*100 = 21,006,300 (Yes in words that’s much more than 21 million!!!)
The more you’ll give with ikhlaas (sincerity) the more you’ll get. Verily, Allâh never breaks His Promise.” (Aali Imran 3:9).
BaarakAllaahu feekum. Please share with others. WAllaahu ‘aalam.
As salaamu ‘alaykum,
Below is the email from the brothers in Bradford, UK….
We are struggling to meet the target and urge everyone to ask family and friends and help finally establish a Masjid and School in Bradford.
Our dilemma is that we have a £91,000 loan already and cannot go beyond this for obvious reasons. Please send out our emails on all of your mailing lists and help create awareness regarding this campaign. This helped the cause a lot previously. We ask Allah to make it easy for everyone to give, especially in this blessed month which has only days to go. Jazakumullahu Khair.
WassalamuAlaikum Wa Rahmatullah
To know about the project and how you can help please visit their website http://albaseerah.com/
How to feed the poor during the month of Ramadan
by Sheikh Bin Baz
Translated by Rasheed Barbee
Q: I am sick and not able to fast, and if I fast it will harm me, do I have to do expiation or what should I do?
Answer: This needs some detail, if the sick person is likely to become healed and the doctors are saying if he gets the treatment it’s anticipated that he will be healed, then the fasting remains as a debt; the fasting remains as a debt until the sick person becomes healed then they should make the fast up.
But if the doctors have established that the sick person is not likely to be healed from this sickness, rather it is a permanent illness then he is like the elderly person who is not able to fast and therefore he should feed one poor person for every day missed of the fast.
The sick person that does not anticipated being healed from the sickness whether male or female should feed one poor person for every day missed, he should feed them half of a saaý (Approximately one and a half kilograms) of dates, or rice. (Or the food staple of that country) So he can gather the food in the beginning of the month or the end of the month and give it to one poor person or two poor people or more, it is not incumbent that he gives the food out daily, rather he can gather all of the food at one time and give it out to the poor.
This is for the sick person who does not anticipate being healed, a sickness that a doctor who is a specialist has stated that a cure is not anticipated. Or two competent vigilant doctors say verily this person is not likely to be healed rather this sickness is permanent; then this person feeds one sick person for every day missed.
So (for example) they will gather 15 saaý if the month of Ramadan last 30 days, 14 and half saaý if the month of Ramadan is 29 days, and give this food to some of the poor, they can give it to a poor household or to one poor person; and all praises belong to Allah.
But if they anticipate being cured and it is possible that they can be treated inshaAllah, then this person should delay his fast and when Allah cures him he should fast.
This is based upon the statement of Allah the Exalted, “and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number (of days which one did not observe the fast must be made up) from other days.” (Chapter 2 verse 185)
And this will remain a debt that he owes until Allah heals him, and then he should observe the fast even if it is after two or three years, and all praises belong to Allah.
Translator’s note: The sick person has to feed the poor a half saa for every day of the fast, therefore the Sheikh said they should gather 15 saa if the month is 30 days and 14 and a half saa if the month is 29 days.
1/2 Saa = 1.5 kilogram so 15 Saa = 45 kg.
30 days = 30 Half Saa = 45 kg
Feed the fasting inside al-masjid an-nabawee (al-madeenah an-nabawiyyah)
The Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) said:
((he who gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will receive the same reward as him, except that nothing will be reduced from the fasting persons reward)), [transmitted by ahmad, at-tirmidhee (who declared it saheeh), ibn maajah and ibn hibbaan].
reserve a serving spread for a minimum of 12 fasting people inside al-masjid an-nabawee (al-madeenah an-nabawiyyah) as follows:
i) during the blessed month of ramadhaan;
ii) on a monday;
iii) on a thursday;
iv) on the 13th, 14th and 15th of any islamic calendar month.
…for as low as £2.00(*) per person, per day!
the iftaar (breaking the fast) meal comprises:
duqqah – mixture of ground spices;
freshly baked bread – shurayk;
fresh arabic coffee.
note: the prices listed include a full layout and disposal service within al-masjid an-nabawee comprising:
i) plastic serving spread;
ii) serving trays;
v) tea flask;
vi) coffee flask .
…the service shall begin daily right after the ‘asr prayer until after the maghrib prayer, inshaa.-Allaah.
important: we are currently only taking minimum orders of 12 people per day. alternatively, why not team up with family and friends so you can each take 1 person per day for example?
cost per person, per day
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note: if you order iftaar meals for a minimum of 12 people per day for the entire duration of ramadhaan, then you will qualify for a discount whereby each iftaar meal will cost you only (*)£2.00!
When it is to be given
It is to be given before the people go out for
the ‘Eid prayer. It is not permissible to
delay it until after the prayer, nor to give it
in advance, except by a day or two as is
reported from the practice of Ibn ‘Umar
Also whoever gives it after
the prayer, it is merely a Sadaqah.146
145 – Ibn Maajah # 1827
146 – Abu Daawood # 1622
How Zakat ul-fitr is to be given
Ibn ‘Umar reported: Allah’s Messenger enjoined the payment of one Saa’ * of dates or one Saa’ of barley as Zakaatul-fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the ‘Eed prayer. [al-Bukhaaree]
Aboo Sa’eed Al-Khudree said: We used to take out as the Zakaatul-fitr one saa’ of grain, or one saa’ of barley, or one saa’ of dates, or one saa’ of cheese or one saa’ of raisins. [al-Bukhaaree & Muslim]
* a mudd is a measurement consisting of the two hands cupped together. A Saa’ is 4 amdaad (4 “mudds”).
So a Saa’ is 4 cupped hands full of those types of food mentioned in the ahaadeeth above:
Above Taken from: http://salafiyyah-kuwait.blogspot.com/2007/10/zakaatul-fitr_09.html
To give money instead of Zakaatul-Fitr
Zakaatul-Fitr is legislated to be given only
in the form of food grains. To give money
instead of food grains is a clear opposition
of the Sunnah. However, a person may give
the amount of money required to procure
the grains to a person who will purchase it
on his behalf and is in-charge of
Majmu’ Fataawaa Bin Baaz # 14/208
Shaykh ‘Ubayd ibn Abdillaah ibn Sulaymaan al-Jabiree was asked in November 2002
In Britain few people need Zakat ul-Fitr, is it permissible for us to send money to another country such as Morocco and the brothers there buy food?
Laa bas, Laa bas [it is ok], give to those who require it in Britain and send the rest [to morocco].
Do we send the amount of money required to buy a Sa’a of food for the British or the amount of money required to buy a Sa’a for those in Morocco?
For the British give them grain, or rice, or that which you have with you, send for the people of Maghrib that which suffices them.
How many days before ‘Eid should we collect the money from the people?
This returns to you, you judge in the affair so that you can send it quickly, 3 days, 4 days, 5 days so that the money may be collected.
Question: Is it permissible to discharge Zakaatul-Fitr in money? – with mention of the evidences
*Please appropriately reference this fatwa to: www.fatwa-online.com, thankyou!*
Answer: Zakaatul-Fitr is not permissible except (to be paid) from FOOD. And it is not allowed to discharge its value in money. This is because the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) made it obligatory (to be discharged) from a saa’ of dates or a saa’ of barley. Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudree [radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu] said: “We used to discharge it (Zakaatul-Fitr) in the time of the Prophet [sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam] as a saa’ of FOOD…)”.( Bukhaaree 2:582) Therefore, it is not lawful for anyone to discharge Zakaatul-Fitr from money (dirhams) or clothing or household furnishings. Instead, that which is obligatory is to discharge it in what Allaah has made obligatory on the tongue of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam). There is no consideration (weight) for the Istihsaan [viewing of something to be good, without basis from the legal sources of Qur’aan and Sunnah] of those of the people who viewed the giving of money as a good thing. The Law (Sharee’ah) does not follow (i.e. it is not secondary to) the opinions of people. No, it (the Law) is from the One Who is Wise, Knowing -Allaah (subhaanahu wa-ta’aala) – The Mighty, The Glorious, The Most Knowing, The Most Wise. So, if that which has been made obligatory by the tongue of Muhammad r is a saa’ of food, then it is not permissible to bypass (skip over) that, no matter what our intellects make us to view as being good. Instead, it is a must that the human being question and suspect his intellect and views if it conflicts with, or contradicts, the law of Allaah.
What is the ruling in the case of someone compelled to discharge Zakaatul-Fitr by money?
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Question: What is the ruling in the case of someone compelled to discharge Zakaatul-Fitr by money? And does it fulfill for him his obligation?
Answer: It appears to me that if someone is compelled to discharge the Zakaatul-Fitr by money, then he should give them the money, and not openly disobey those in authority. But, as far as that which is between him and Allaah, he should discharge what he has been commanded by the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to discharge. So, he should discharge a saa’ of food as the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) commanded. Their compelling you to discharge it from money is compulsion to do something which Allaah has not legislated. In that case, you must fulfill what you believe to be obligatory.