Giving charity in the last ten days of Ramadaan

Is it better to give in charity in the last ten days of Ramadaan, or to spend the nights of those days in prayer and dhikr which is the only special thing about those nights?

Praise be to Allaah.

What was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning staying up at night during the last ten nights of Ramadaan is that those nights should be spent in prayer and dhikr.

Charity during Ramadaan is better than charity at other times, but we do not know of anything in the Sunnah to indicate that giving charity in the last ten days is better.

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Charity given without permission

Islam places strong emphasis on helping the poor in whatever way we can. It promises rich reward for those who often help the poor and the needy so as to alleviate their troubles. Needless to say, charity should come from one’s own money or property. One cannot give charity from another person’s money, even though he has access to it, unless the owner has given him instructions to do so. A question arises as to the position of a wife giving away something that belongs to her husband: can she do so? Who receives the reward of such charity?

The answer is given in a Hadith reported by Ayesha who quotes the Prophet as saying: “If a woman gives away something of the food of her home, causing no misfortune, she earns a reward for what she has given away. Her husband receives the reward of what he has earned, and the storekeeper receives a similar reward. None diminishes the reward of the others in any way.” (Related by Al-Bukhari).

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Is it prescribed for the one who commits a sin to give charity after that?

Praise be to Allaah.

Giving voluntary charity is a confirmed Sunnah at all times, as is indicated by the Qur’aan and Sunnah and the consensus of the scholars. It says in Kashshaaf al-Qinaa‘ (2/295): Voluntary charity is mustahabb at all times according to consensus, because Allah, may He be exalted, enjoined it and encouraged it… End quote. See also the answer to question no. 36783.


What is required of the Muslim if he commits a sin is to repent to Allah from it immediately, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

“And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful”

al-Noor 24:31.

And His Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) instructed us to repent, as he said: “O people, repent to Allaah, for I repent to Allaah one hundred times a day.” Narrated by Muslim (2702). See also the answer to question no. 129479.

If the sin had to do with the rights of another person, such as stealing or usurping property, the right must be restored to the one to whom it belongs, or his pardon and forgiveness should be sought. For more information on the other conditions of sincere repentance, please see the answer to question no. 104241.

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By Mira El-Deeb

Since we are in the blessed month of Ramadhan and Allah (i.e. God), The Exalted, has promised the hardworkers in this month to multiply the rewards of their good deeds, Muslims are challenged by this overwhelming opportunity and are striving to do as much good as they can. Therefore, it would be important to highlight the virtues of one of the hot topics of this month: ‘The Charity’.. as well as some of the Islamic Etiquettes and Manners of giving a charity.

Islam encourages the Muslim to spend from his money for Allah’s Sake whenever he is capable of doing so, and it stresses on the great virtues of giving a charity. The prophet (PBUH) said, ‘The Upper Hand is better than the Lower Hand. The upper hand is the one that gives, and the lower hand is the one that takes’. Allah SWT said in the Holy Book, ‘The likeness of those who spend their money for Allah’s sake, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn), it grows seven ears, every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward) for whom He wills, and Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures needs, All Knower’ (2: 261). And He SWT said, ‘Whoever works righteousness, whether a male or a female, while he (or she) is a true believer, verily to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do.’ (16: 97)

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Zakah and Hajj


The third obligation is zakah.  Every Muslim whose financial condition is above a certain specified minimum must pay annually 2.5 percent of his or her cash balance to a deserving fellow being.  This is the minimum.  The more you pay, the greater the reward that God shall bestow on you.

The money that we pay as zakah is not something God needs or receives.  He is above any want and need.  He, in His benign mercy, promises us rewards manifold if we help our brethren.  But there is one basic condition for being thus rewarded.  And it is this: that when we pay in the name of God, we shall not expect nor demand any worldly gains from the beneficiaries nor aim at making our names as philanthropists.

Zakah is as basic to Islam as other forms of worship: salah (prayers) and saum (fasting).  The fundamental importance of zakah lies in the fact that it fosters in us the qualities of sacrifice and rids us of selfishness and plutolatry.  Islam accepts within its fold only those who are ready to give away in God’s way from their hard earned wealth willingly and without any temporal or personal gain.  It has nothing to do with misers.  A true Muslim will, when the call comes, sacrifice all his belongings in the way of God, for zakah has already trained him for such sacrifice.

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Zakah al-Fitr


Zakah al-Fitr is often referred to as Sadaqah al-Fitr. The word Fitr means the same as Iftar, breaking a fast and it comes from the same root word as Futoor which means breakfast. Thus, Islamically, Zakah al-Fitr is the name given to charity which is distributed at the end of the fast of Ramadan.


Sadaqah al-Fitr is a duty which is Wajib (compulsory) on every Muslim, whether male or female, minor or adult as long as he/she has the means to do so.

The proof that this form of charity is compulsory can be found in the Sunnah whereby Ibn Umar reported that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) made Zakah al-Fitr compulsory on every slave, freeman, male, female, young and old among the Muslims; one Saa` of dried dates or one Saa` of barely. (Bukhari – Arabic/English, vol. 2, p. 339, no. 579)
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