As-salaamu alaykum and Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.
While our community has many worthy organizations seeking your zakat, I believe CAIR is unique in its mission of defending your rights and educating the public about Islam. As you consider distributing your Ramadan zakat and sadaqah, keep the following critical needs in mind:
Here's how you can help:
Support for giving zakat to CAIR:
Numerous scholars have confirmed that zakat is payable to organizations that exist to serve members of the Muslim community by protecting their rights. The work done by CAIR can be classified as "fi-sabilillah" (working in the way of Allah), which is one of the eight categories of Zakat recipients detailed in the Quran (9:60).
Commentators on the Quran (mufassirun) and jurists (fuqaha) have extended the term "fi-sabilillah" to include all beneficial works and initiatives that are of common benefit to the society.
CAIR also fits the zakat category of "muallafatu quloobuhum," those who are new Muslims and those sympathetic to Islam and may be brought closer to the faith. CAIR's numerous outreach projects, such as "Share the Quran" and "Explore Islamic Civilization and Culture" library campaign, have a proven track record of educating new Muslims and people of other faiths about Islam.
Even the zakat category of "ibnus-sabeel," a stranded traveler, in need of assistance, fits CAIR's work. We have taken on numerous cases of Muslims stranded overseas and prevented from returning home by being placed on no-fly lists.
A principle of Islamic jurisprudence states that if something that has been considered as obligatory cannot be fulfilled without fulfilling something else, then fulfilling the latter also becomes obligatory. Thus, since defending and empowering Muslims cannot be achieved without institutions like CAIR, it is imperative that Muslims support such groups.
Your zakat donation will show support for CAIR's steady perseverance and commitment. Along with your zakat, I urge you to consider giving $10, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, or whatever you can.
I thank Allah Almighty for giving us the blessed month of Ramadan. We hope to get your donation during Ramadan so that you receive more blessing and CAIR is able to carry out its important work on your behalf.
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