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Ramadan 2022 – Boost #14 – Should Charity be Cash or Kind

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As salam o alaikum, Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh, my brothers and sisters in Ramadan, many people give out their charities. The reason why they do it is because coinciding it with Ramadan where the reward of good deeds is multiplied would actually mean that they're getting a greater reward for the charity in Ramadan, So alhamdulillah it's a good thing. Now, the Zakat that is calculated many people have a cutoff date, and then they calculate what they have and two and a half percent of it. And mashallah, it's a beautiful way of calculating should you give the cash or should you give it in hampers or should you give it in kind, what should you do? The reality is whatever is known as

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unfair Lilford kharab, whatever is more beneficial for the poor person is what you should try to give out there is permissibility to give it out in cash, there is permissibility to give it out in kind, but if you want to know which is better, you need to look at what's better for the poor person. So if it is better, for example, to give them the cash, then so be it. But if it's better to give them the hampers, or the food that they want and so on, then you'd rather do that when it comes to soda cattle fitter it is best to give the food item itself that is the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. There are some scholars who say that you may give the money as well. However,

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some people say it's prohibited to give money you must give it in kind and some say it's prohibited to give

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you know in kind you must give the cash. Both of those are actually not accurate. The reason is, you've got to do whatever is beneficial for the poor person. Imagine 10 people giving someone's account, they give them 10 big bags of rice. What will this poor person do with 10 big bags of rice, he's going to sell them perhaps he has other needs. He might need clothing, he might need medication, he might need something you don't know about he might have to pay a bill, he might have something outstanding. So that's the reason why we say you've got to look into whatever is beneficial for the poor person. Thereafter, you need to know that sometimes if there is a need

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outside of Ramadan, you can give you can give in advance and you can then deduct it from what you have given in Ramadan, or your zakat amount you are allowed to give in advance. And then you say look, this is part of my zakat, because there is a need there is an urgent desperately need right now. And that is why at times people say look, I know there is a need but I'm waiting for Ramadan because I want a greater reward. When there is a desperate need, Allah will reward you even greater than you can imagine. Because to assist someone in desperate need is so rewarding beyond your imagination. Allah will assist you at the time of your need in this world and in the hereafter. So I

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thought I'd mentioned one or two of these points in order to encourage the giving. Also remember when the Zakat is given, it's a small percentage that is Allah's, it is the ownership of Allah subhanho wa taala. But over and above that you must always give that which is voluntary, over and above zakat, you give money from your own people call it Lila, you know for the sake of Allah I'm giving, you may give anyone and everyone because zakat, you're only allowed to give certain categories. But when it comes to the charities that are voluntary, you can give anyone anyone who benefits from your wealth or the goodness that Allah has given you. That is something amazing.

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Imagine Allah has kept a pillar of Islam, reaching out to those who are in need, imagined the benefit, they must be in this there is actually but I mean, for those who want to look at it that way. If there was no benefit in it, they would never have been a pillar of Islam, giving, giving those who don't have. So imagine if you were voluntarily helping those who don't have whatever it is they don't have. Think of how good your connection with Allah will become. He wants you to care for people so he's made a pillar of Islam, caring for others. May Allah Almighty grant us goodness and open our doors and may Allah Almighty grant us the best of this world and the next acordo Leha are

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sal Allahu wa salam ala Nabina Muhammad