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Is it okay to give dolls I had from my childhood to the poor kids, wheather the child is muslim or not?

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Assalamulikum, I would first like to say your site has helped answer a lot of my questions, and I have learned many things because of your efforts, thank you. Okay, my mother went to Bangladesh, and there are a lot of poor children over there. I thought that the poor children would be happy with toys and dolls and whatever I did not need, so I gave them all away but now I am 1)wondering if it was wrong? 2)I would like to know why are dolls bad? Can you give me hadth or any proof. 3)I am now, also wondering is it wrong to give non-islamic clothing away to the poor, like short sleeved shirts or tight pants or tight shirts? 4)do you have to pay your zakat in the country you are living in or can you pay your zakat where ever you want? I would like to make a request would you please answer all my questions in detail, and with hadth or proof from the Qur’an. Thank you very much for your time.


1. Photography – refer below
It is not permissible to give the dolls or any gamers having pictures of
animate objects to any person.
2. Short sleeves, tights, etc. can be given to the poor. They, in
particular, females should be advised to cover the tight fitting parts with
loose tops.
3. Zakaat must be calculated according to the value of the area one is
residing. It is desirable to distribute the Zakaat locally but if there is a
greater need elsewhere, it can be given there as well.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Picture frames and photographs of animate objects are not permissible to
display. Frames having pictures of inanimate objects e.g. trees, mountains,
etc. are permissible.
– Hadhrat Abu Talha (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallaahu
Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘Angels do not enter a house wherein there is a dog
or picture.’ (Mishkãt vol. 2 p. 385)
? Ábdullah ibn Masóod (Radhiyallaahu Ánhu) narrates that Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, ‘The people with the most severe
punishment by Allah will be the picture makers.’ (Ibid).
? Hadhrat Ibn Abbas (RA) narrates, ‘I heard the messenger of Allah saying,
“Every picture-maker will be in the fire. A life will be created for every
picture the picture-maker made, and he will be tortured in Hell.”
If you have to make pictures (says Ibn Abbaas) then make a picture of a tree
or such things which are inanimate.’ (Bukhari and Muslim)

However, if the frames are of inanimate objects but containing verses of the
Noble Qurãn, Hadith and names of Allah Taãla then extreme caution must be
taken where these frames are hung. If hung at home in the lounge or sitting
room then due respect should be shown by not using vulgar language or
smoking there.

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