Why and how to dedicate your zakat to CAIR this Ramadan

As-salaamu alaykum and Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.

I am asking all our friends like you to read this request and respond as soon as possible. Would you dedicate some of your zakat and donations to CAIR this Ramadan? Here is why and how.

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:

  • More than 50,000 of your fellow Americans are waiting to receive their copies of the Quran through CAIR's "Share the Quran" initiative. We need your help to put the holy text in their hands to enhance understanding of Islam. (Our surveys show that almost 90 percent of those who received copies of the Quran said the project was "beneficial to prevent misunderstanding and conflict.")
  • Hundreds of mosques are waiting to receive their copy of CAIR's new publication "Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety." Those mosques, and maybe your own house of worship, need this safety information right away.
  • Thousands of elected officials nationwide need to hear accurate information about Islam as they are bombarded with propaganda by Islamophobes promoting anti-Islam bills in state legislatures. (So far this year there have been at least 30 anti-Islam bills in 14 states.)
  • Dozens of city transit systems are waiting to put up our educational and enlightening advertisements projecting a positive image of Islam and Muslims. When anti-Islam hate group leader Pamela Geller put up ads on buses and in metro stations equating Muslims with savages, we developed and displayed positive advertising to counter her hate.
  • More than 2,500 people are currently looking to CAIR to offer legal help in dealing with their discrimination cases. CAIR provides free legal help to all those who have been targeted because they are, or are perceived to be, Muslim.

Our Ramadan fundraising goal for this year is $780,000. CAIR is both zakat-eligible and tax-deductible. With help from people like you, we can achieve this goal inshaAllah.

Here's how you can help:


Calculate your zakat with our zakat calculator. CAIR
Donate all or part of your zakat or make a general donation to CAIR this Ramadan.
Urge the zakat committee of your mosque to dedicate a portion of its distribution of zakat for CAIR.
Send CAIR contact information for your mosque's zakat committee so that we may submit a formal request. Send that information to: zakat@cair.com


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.


Nihad Awad

P.S. - It is my sincere prayer that you will find a space in your heart to make a generous donation to support CAIR's important work. If you and others do your part, we can achieve our Ramadan fundraising goal.

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