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Originally posted by worldwatcher
btw. I never knew a country that practices religion or even had one religion, I always thought religion was just a practice for people
One thing to bear in mind of course is that the people of most Muslim nations have nothing nearing the standard of living or wages of people in the western world. Sure, there are countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait that have huge amounts of money from oil but it is in the hands of the ruling elite, not the ordinary people.
It certainly seems like the British and American governments were shamed into increasing their donations by the generosity of the people.
Originally posted by nickybbad
Does anybody have any info about the donations made by muslim countries, Iran, Suadi, Syria etc. Why I ask is that on the radio 3 days ago I heard a muslim cleric going on about how America has donated a poultry amount in the form of donations, but has plenty to spend on the iraq-us war.
My question to them would be, how much have 'they' donated?
Doesnt Indonesia have the biggest muslim population in the world? Shouldnt it stand to reason that the islamic countries should be at the top of the donations list? mmmm....
Originally posted by HeirToBokassa
From same source:
Question Can we give those afflicted people a portion of our zakah money even if they are non-Muslims? How about giving them charity?
Answer In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Thank you. The receivers of Zakah money are clearly mentioned in the Qur'an. Among them, the poor and needy people. Looking at the situation of those people who are afflicted, one can conclude that the Muslims among them fall under the category of needy people.
In this regard, those Muslims deserve to receive a portion of Zakah. As for non-Muslims, they might deserve donation or any other form of assistance but not Zakah.
Thus, Zakah should be given to poor and needy Muslims. Some non-Muslims may receive a portion of Zakah if there is hope that by giving them Zakah that might lead to their conversion into Islam. They would be then considered under the category of mu'allafati qulubuhun or those whose hearts are inclined to accept Islam.
"It is not permissible to give zakat to a non-Muslim" (Al-Maqasid, 4:13).
[edit on 1-1-2005 by HeirToBokassa]
Originally posted by ubermunche
All the mosques and their congregations in the UK are donating as readily as the rest of the public.