“According to the fourth declaration of the eighth conference of the Islamic Fiqh Council, it is valid to use zakat for the propagation of Islam and answering misconceptions about it. This position is adopted by a very large number of contemporary scholars. They consider dawah to be included in the category of “fi sabeel-illah” mentioned in the verse of Surat at-Tawbah detailing the deserving recipients of zakat. Since the purpose of Yaqeen Institute is “establishing conviction in the hearts and minds of Muslims, and battling the false notions that underlie Islamophobia and extremism,” it is a legitimate recipient of zakat.”
– Dr. Hatem ElHaj, Scholar, Fatwa Committee of Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. Dean, Mishkah University
The category of “Fī Sabīlillāh” or supporting God’s cause” is defined as “providing internal and external protection, by supporting those in the community who give of their time to represent and advocate on behalf of Islam and Muslims; and by supporting scholarship, so that scholars can develop, guide people in a relevant way, and respond to the ideological and intellectual challenges of the day: the alternative is weakness in the face of external challenges, moral decline within the community, and low religious literacy.”
While there are many causes, particularly relief oriented, that are worthy of Zakat, Yaqeen is challenging the narrative that often leads to detrimental situations requiring relief in the first place. By putting your Zakat towards Yaqeen, you enable us to continue to support the message of Islam, protect Muslims from the disastrous consequences that arise out of the demonization of Islam, and foster strong Muslim identity in our youth that they may feel empowered by their Islam in a way that allows them to thrive with it even in the most hostile of spaces.
Reap the abundance of blessings during the remainder of this holy month. Contribute to clarity by choosing Yaqeen Institute as the beneficiary of your Zakat this year.