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Donating to non-Muslim Charities

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Respected Mufti Saheb,

Assalamualaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

I hope, Insha Allah, this e-mail finds you in the best of health and of course Imaan. I have a query about the charity.

In the UK there are lots of non-Muslim charity organization, e.g. “Cancer Research UK”. Was there any virtue from the teachings of Qur’an and Ahadeeth if I would give charity to them? Could you kindly explain this issue?





Giving charity to non- Muslim organizations is correct. In verses 8-9 of Surah Dahr in the 29th chapter of the holy Qur’an, Allah says:  “And for Allah’s love they provide food to the needy, the orphan and the captive. (That) “We feed you only for the pleasure of Allah. We neither seek recompense nor gratitude from you.”

In the commentary of the above verse, Ibne Abbas says that “The Captive” refers to the idolaters. What further clarifies this is the order of Nabi (SAW) which was issued to his companions on the day of Badr to be kind to the captives. That is why they were given preference even at the time of meals. (Tafseerul Qur’anil Azeem, Vol.4, Page 584.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Nezaam bin Yahya Ali

Attested to as correct by:

Mufti Muhammad Ashraf

Darul Iftaa

Jameah Mahmoodiyah



16 June 2005

09 Jumaadul Oola 1426

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