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Sending donations to disaster victims?

"You will not attain piety until you spend from that which you love, and whatever you spend, Allah is aware of it." - Quran 3:92

A reminder to those who want to send Zakaat to those affected by the disaster:

1. All communities are affected, not only Muslims, while Zakah can only be used for Muslims.

2. Some of those who are temporarily affected even though in dire need are not eligible for Zakah.

3. Zakah is a means of purifying your wealth, while Sadaqah is a means of averting calamities. 4. Zakah is fardh (an obligation), while sadaqah is a means of doing more than just the Fardh.

4. Giving Zakah will mean if an organization or a volunteer is helping affected people in the area, only Muslims will be helped and others left in need unless there's enough other funds to go around.

5. There is a possibility of your Zakah not being discharged if you give it without considering the avenue it goes to if the receiver is not eligible for it. There is a difference of opinion in this regard but it is better to be safe with our fardh acts such as Zakah.

Give your Zakah locally where you know it will be discharged correctly, and send Sadaqah and Lillah funds to the affected. If you take out all the extra luxuries and monies you have to give for the sake of Allah, Allah has promised to increase it not just by 10×, but upto 700× in return for you. It is Ramadhaan, and this chance of generosity may depart very quickly. Put your name among those who spend their wealth in the path of Allah. Instead of your Zakah, take out that money you wanted to use for Eid shopping etc. That's the one which will grant you more reward in sha Allah.

As Allah says:

"You will not attain piety until you spend from that which you love, and whatever you spend, Allah is aware of it." - Quran 3:92