Spending to Please the Prophet ﷺ

 

Hb Umar Tarim

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

I have a small amount of money which I wish to spend in charity. How can I spend it in a way which is most pleasing to the Prophet ﷺ ?

Firstly, if there is someone locally who is in dire need then giving the money to him or her will please the Prophet the most. Then if there is a general need which is extremely pressing, such as building a mosque or digging a well, then priority should be given to this.

If there are a number of different causes and the need is equal, then priority should be given to supporting the spreading of knowledge and calling people to Allah.

If there are a number of different people whose need is equal then priority should be given to those who are more pious and closer to the Prophet .

 

 

On Using Interest Payments

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

What should I do with interest payments that have accumulated in my bank account?

You should give the money to the poor and needy or some public project such as repairing roads, providing medication for the sick or feeding the poor. You cannot use it yourself or consider it your property. When you give it, it cannot be considered charity but you will have the reward of preserving it and using it in a way that pleases Allah.

On Giving Zakat to Non Muslims

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

Is it permissible to give zakat money to non-Muslims?

One of the categories of people who qualify to receive zakat are ‘those whose hearts are to be reconciled’ (al-mu’allafah qulubuhum). This term has two meanings. The first is those who have recently embraced Islam but are still weak in their resolve and in their faith. The second is those who it is hoped will embrace Islam, especially if they are given some zakat. Some scholars follow the second interpretation. So if all the needy Muslims in the community have been given some zakat then it is permissible to follow the second opinion and give to those who are close to Islam. It is better, however, that they be given money which is not zakat.

 

On Using Images of the Dead for Humanitarian Causes

Answered by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him)

 

Should images of dead people be used to raise awareness of humanitarian issues?

Firstly, the dead person should not be displayed in a way that is degrading, since the sanctity of the believer is the same whether he is dead or alive. Secondly there must be some benefit in displaying these images. Thirdly the person displaying them must have a good intention.

On Giving Charity when Tribulation Befalls

Answered by Sayyidi al-Ḥabīb `Umar bin Hafīẓ (may Allāh preserve him and benefit us by him).

We have been instructed to give charity when tribulation befalls us. What should our intention be in doing so and how should it be done?

The intention should be pleasing the One in Whose hand is the whole affair and following the guidance of His Messenger. We should find the things that are most precious to us and seek out those most in need and give them to them.