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Our beloved Prophet (SAW) said: ‘Allah (SWT) is kind, and He loves kindness in all matters.’ (Sahih Bukhari)

Our passion has always been to care for and love those in need, hence we have began this journey as it is something we aim to do together till Jannah – InshaAllah.

We have launched this project hub in partnership, with the aim to create more unity and love within us as human beings, which we can then share through our caring projects.

Our aim is to raise awareness and help spread kindness wherever needed. This leads onto the very first of our projects which is especially close to our hearts. We have both been brought up by our parents with the utmost love; our thoughts go out to those who miss out on this love and care at such young ages.

Starting from this Ramadhan 2021, we are launching our Orphans project; ‘Love for Orphans’. We both share the same love & care for orphans, therefore we felt this title best suited our project.

It is stated in the Hadith of our beloved Prophet (SAW), “I and the person who looks after an Orphan, will be in paradise like this” (putting His index and middle finger together). (Sahih Bukhari)

‘Our beloved Prophet (SAW) is the Orphan who changed the world…’

This Ramadhan we aim to sponsor at least 10 orphans by providing education medical aid, shelter, food aid and most importantly love and care. We also aim to raise for Orphan Eid gifts. Following on from this we aim to continue to provide monthly gifts to the innocent and needy Orphans around the world, with everyone’s help InshaAllah.

We know that the kindness within us all will make this possible and we look forward to sharing this good reward with all that participate. Help make Orphans smile by donating towards our project, together we can make a huge difference and give the Orphans a reason to smile. Let’s spread kindness to all of Mankind.

We at Benefit Mankind work in 12 countries and operate with a 100% donations policy. Our vision is to spread kindness, love, peace and compassion with mankind regardless of race, religion or culture.

May Allah (SWT) bless you all and accept this intention of ours – Aameen.

Please remember us and our project in your precious Duas.

JazakAllah Khayr

Maariyah & Rumaisa

Benefit Mankind Volunteers

DETAILED FAQ

Types Of Charity

This is the compulsory alms-giving which Allah has given the order for in the Qur’an. Its status is Fardh. Zakaat is only eligible upon mature, sane men and women who meet Nisab threshold. 2.5% of their wealth must then be given. Zakaat must only be given to the specific eight categories mentioned in the Qur’an. If it is not given to any of them, then it will be void and necessary to re-pay. So donate to charity Zakaat and fulfil the right of your wealth that Allah has bestowed upon you.

To gain further information, consult your local scholar.

This is the general term used for giving charity in Islam. All acts of worship through financial expenditure are, by broader definition, classified as Sadaqah. Due to there being many types, they have been divided into the following two categories both of which have separate rulings: Sadaqah Wajibah This is charity which is binding in nature. This includes Sadaqah al-Fitr, etc. This form of Sadaqah is similar to Zakah in that it must be spent on the same categories as defined by the Qur’an, except that it is not a condition for the beneficiary to be Muslim. This type of Sadaqah includes:
  1. Sadaqatul Fitr
  2. Nadhr
  3. Fidyah
  4. Kaffarah
  5. Udhiyyah, Dam and Badanah

1. Sadaqatul Fitr
This is a charity which is a duty upon every sane Muslim, who possesses the value of Nisab beyond the basic necessities. Fathers are instructed to give Sadaqah al-Fitr on behalf of those children who have not reached of age. The amount that must be given is equal to 1.6 kg of wheat or 3.2 kg of barley or its like. This does not mean that a person must distribute wheat or barley, one may give its equivalent value. (Because this fluctuates it is improper to specify a price, although it is usually between one and three pounds.) Sadaqah al-Fitr is a very emphasized Sunnah (which according to many is the status of Wajib) which becomes due before ‘Eid Salah, although it is preferable to give it a few days before ‘Eid so that the poor actually receive it and are able to spend it on `Eid day. If one does not give the Sadaqah al-Fitr, it will remain due no matter how much time passes after ‘Eid.

2.Nadhr
This is an action which becomes necessary due to one imposing it upon oneself. This can be done if one wishes to express gratitude, and the action can take on a number of forms, including Sadaqah. If a person makes such an oath of giving charity, that then becomes Sadaqah Wajibah. If they are unable to uphold the oath, they will have to give Kaffarah, and may be sinful.

3.Fidyah
This is compensation for missing Salah or Sawm for a person who cannot perform them due to being in terminal illness or being deceased (in which case it is given out of a third of the wealth) or in the event of a person making a minor mistake in Hajj. The amount for each missed Salah or Sawm, or each minor mistake in Hajj is to give 1.6kg of wheat or its value (i.e. the same amount given for Sadaqah al-Fitr) to the poor. Fidyah is generally Sadaqah Wajibah. Sadaqah Nafilah may be given in addition either from the deceased’s estate or on their behalf in which case both the giver and the deceased are rewarded.

4.Kaffarah
This is major compensation and like Fidyah it is also Sadaqah Wajibah. It applies in various situations such as if a person breaks a fast intentionally, breaks an oath, or kills someone, Kaffarah would then be binding as the form of redemption. There are five actions for which kaffarah will be necessary, however, they fall under two types. Greater Kaffarah For redemption of this a person may free a slave (if feasible) or fast for sixty consecutive days (If a person breaks a fast intentionaly they would need to fast for sixty consecutive days unless they can’t fast due to poor health or old age, there are no exceptions to this). Failing that one may feed sixty poor people for a day (i.e. two meals a day, each meal is equivalent to a fidyah). This Kaffarah applies to: * Intentionally breaking Sawm (fast) * Breaking Zihar (To consider one’s wife as Haram for oneself by comparing her to a Mahram – anyone too closely related to be marriageable) * Being the direct cause of someone’s death (this is coupled with the set punishments). Note: In the instance of not being able to feed sixty people in a single day then he may feed one person for sixty days, but in this case if he were to try to quicken payment of this by giving all the money in one day to one person, kaffarah would not be fulfilled, and his offering would only be equal to one days feeding. Lesser Kaffarah For redemption of this a person may free a slave (which is no longer applicable) or feed ten poor people for two meals in one day, or give each one of them clothing. Failing this, he may fast for three consecutive days (The order is also different from the greater Kaffarah). This Kaffarah applies to: * Breaking/violating Yamin (an oath) * Breaking Ila’ (To take an oath on not having conjugal relationships with one’s wife)

5.Udhiyyah
This is also known as Qurbani or sacrifice. It is Wajib upon all mature Muslims who, on the day of `Eid al-Azha, possess Nisab. Whoever qualifies for this is required to purchase a sheep or goat of more than one year in age, and slaughter that in the name of Allah after the ‘Eid prayer preferably on the same day. The sacrifice can also be done on the two days after Eid. If one fails to make the sacrifice in these three days he will still have to donate the value of the animal (this remains Wajib). From the meat he may eat himself and feed his family and also distribute meat amongst the poor Muslims. One is not responsible to give Zakah or any necessary Sadaqah for one’s spouse nor one’s mature children – they are responsible for themselves. One is however, responsible for only giving sadaqah al-fitr for one’s minor children, however, neither Zakah is given from their wealth, nor Udhiyyah given on their behalf. Note: One may slaughter goats or sheep, which constitute one sacrifice each, or one may slaughter a larger animal (i.e. cow or buffalo) which will be counted as seven sacrifices each. In the event of living in a wealthy country, it is better that one sacrifices one part locally to fulfil the Sunnah of sacrificing oneself; and to arrange for the remaining sacrifices to be performed in a poorer country, where the poor may also partake of it. Dam is of two types. one is like Udhiyyah in the sense that it is a religious requirement on adult Muslims. The only difference is that it is specific to people who are performing Hajj. This Dam is called Dam ash-Shukr. The second type of Dam, like fidyah, is a means of compensation for mistakes in Hajj, but the difference is the magnitude of the mistake. Fidyah is given in lieu of minor mistakes while Dam is in lieu of major mistakes. Dam, like Udhiyyah, is the sacrifice of a sheep or goat. It can also be made a part (i.e. 1/7) of a larger sacrifice. Badanah is like Dam, but while Dam is the sacrifice of a sheep or goat, Badanah is the sacrifice of a large animal, i.e. a cow or camel. This is the largest penalty in Hajj, and is specific to three acts. To gain further information, consult your local scholar

This is charity which is not binding in nature but is optional. This type includes alms given for the removal of difficulties, philanthropic (to give out of mercy to the less fortunate), the general giving of any Halal item to anyone etc. This type does not need to be spent on the specified categories to be rewarding nor does it have to be spent on Muslims, although if spent on poor Muslims it would be more rewarding. This can also be bequeathed in one’s will (in which case it would be only up to a third of the deceased person’s entire estate).
The following are types of Sadaqah Nafilah:

    1. Lillah
    2. Waqf
    3. Aqeeqah
    4. Sadaqah for the upliftment of difficulties
    5. Sadaqah for the expiation of sins
    6. Charity above the amount of Zakat and Sadaqah Wajibah.



1.Lillah
This is Sadaqah Nafilah but is a type that does not have the condition of having to be passed into the possession of a person, as it can be given to institutes (e.g. Masajid, hospitals, schools, orphanages, etc).

2.Waqf

This is to allot something as a trust for a certain cause. This can be during one’s lifetime or bequeathed in one’s will (up to the value of a third of one’s estate). When executed, the donation becomes the property of Allah (and thus has specific rules regarding it), and its beneficiaries are to remain those named as the cause (e.g. the poor, orphans, students, the people of a certain locality, etc.) The difference between this and Lillah is that with Waqf ownership is not given to people or institutes but only the benefits are ascribed. Like today’s trusts, Waqf also requires the care of trustees over it.

3.Aqeeqah

This is the sacrifice of an animal or two as thanks to Allah for the birth of a child. With this too can members of the locality be fed, preference again is for the poor and close family members.

4.Sadaqah for Removing Difficulties

One, at the time of donating, should ask Allah to make easy one’s deliverance. This can be understood from the Hadith:

‘Sadaqah soothes the Lord’s anger and protects against a bad death.’ (al-Tirmidhi, al Bayhaqi)

This type of Sadaqah can also be given as ‘Lillah’.

5.Sadaqah for Expiating Sins

One, at the time of donating, should ask Allah to forgive one’s shortcomings. This can be understood from the verse:

‘Indeed good deeds take away bad deeds.’ [Qur’an, 11:114]

This type of Sadaqah can also be given as ‘Lillah’.

6.Charity above the amount of Zakat and Sadaqah Wajibah

This type of Sadaqah is the essence of Lillah. Although not categorised as necessary, this type of charity, as long as from pure means and with pure intentions, is always accepted by Allah. It is also this type that Allah I has described as a beautiful debt, as He treats this charity as a loan which He will repay in the hereafter.

‘Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan? For (Allah) will increase it manifold to his credit, and he will have (besides) a liberal reward.’ [Qur’an, al Hadid, 57:11]

To gain further information, consult your local scholar.

This Sadaqah is not a separate category but it is really any Sadaqah Nafilah which is spent on a cause of long term benefit (e.g. wells), and in essence is very similar to Waqf.

 

To gain further information, consult your local scholar.

This literally means to give a good loan. In the language of the Qur’an this term is used for Sadaqah Nafilah. The rewards of Qardh Hasana are thus exclusive to Sadaqah. Loans given to Islamic institutes and then forgiven become this type of Sadaqah. Presently, this term is often used to denote Qardh.

 

Qardh This means an Islamic loan. Islamic here means that two things must be upheld from the side of the creditor: the first that neither interest can be charged nor any other benefit (advantage or gifts) be taken in lieu of the loan; the second is that at no time can the creditor show any signs of self-glory, or remind the debtor of the favour/help given (this does not mean that he/she cannot ask for payment). This type of loan may be given to either an individual or an institute, and if the conditions are upheld, it is immensely rewarding for the creditor.

To gain further information, consult your local scholar.

In Islam the taking and also giving of interest have been expressly forbidden. This presents problems in secular countries, wherein no loan or mortgage is ever done without it. In so far as taking loans which charge interest are concerned, it can only be said that unless it is a life-or-death situation one must stay away from such loans, to avoid the Wrath of Allah.

 

But what should one do about the interest accumulated in one’s own bank account? This issue is also something that unfortunately affects many of us. What is established is that it is not at all permissible for one to utilise this for one’s own benefit.

 

To avoid the anger of Allah, one should give the interest money accumulated to charity. This, whilst being the most practically beneficial way of disposing the money, is not going to be positively rewarding. But due to it being in accordance with Allah’s Will, in that this method of disposal saves one from further sin, it is still beneficial.

To gain further information, consult your local scholar.

Fidyah is a religious donation to help those in need. It is only paid when someone is unable to fast during Ramadhan due to medical conditions / pregnancy or any other valid reasons such as a prolonged illness and will therefore not be able to make up for the fast. In Ramadhan, the Fidyah must be paid for each fast missed

You’re supposed to pay it before you miss a fast, or before Ramadhan if you know you can’t participate for the whole month.

The fidyah amount to be paid for each missed fast is £4. Therefore, if you are unable to fast for the full duration of Ramadan, then the total fidyah you must pay is [30 x £4]. If Ramadhan is 30 days, then the full fidyah due would be £120. However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Fasting during Ramadhan is an obligation on all able Muslims and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims must pay kaffarah or fidyah when missing this fundamental aspects of Islam, with a valid reason or not. Charity, as well as compulsory payments like these, emphasise just what an important aspect of Islam the holy month of Ramadhan is.

Kaffarah is paid for fasts missed deliberately in Ramadhan, however if you have a valid reason, then you must pay fidyah. The kaffarah penalty is much higher than that of fidyah and should be avoided where possible.

To atone for the missed/intentionally broken fast, a person must fast continuously for 60 days. If they are unable to do that, then they have to feed 60 poor people. This amounts to £240 kaffarah for each missed/intentionally broken fast (at a rate of £4 per person – the cost of an average meal in the UK). However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Kaffarah can be paid at any time throughout the year if an individual has missed any fasts during the holy month of Ramadan unnecessarily. They are required to pay kaffarah which is an obligatory penalty.

Fasting during Ramadan is an obligation on all able Muslims and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims must pay kaffarah or fidyah when missing this fundamental aspect of Islam, with a valid reason or not. Charity, as well as compulsory payments like these, emphasise just what an important aspect of Islam the holy month of Ramadan is.

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) is incumbent on every Muslim who possesses one saa’* of food which is not needed as a basic necessity for themselves self or their family for the duration of one day and night.

*The quantity is described the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd.  A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul Fitr to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]

At the time of the Prophet (SAW) Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) would be given as one saa’. The quantity is described the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

If we translate this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as flour or rice, it is approximately £4. Therefore, the amount due for each person is £4. However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) must be paid within the month of Ramadan. The latest it can be paid is before the Eid prayer begins so that those in need can benefit in time for Eid.

Ibn Abbas RA narrates: “It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud]

Any Muslim who has food in excess of their needs must pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). Unlike Zakat, it is a duty on everyone in your household. Therefore, the head of the household, or parents and guardians, can pay on behalf of other members of the family.

It is compulsory for every member of a household including children and babies to pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). However, parents/guardians may pay on behalf of their children/dependents.

The majority of scholars hold the opinion that only the first two categories of the recipients of Zakat can receive Fitrana.

One of the conditions of Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) is that it must be paid before the Eid prayer. If paid after it will be treated as Sadaqah, therefore the reward will be lesser.