The Ruling on Jam’īyyāt, Da’wah Organizations and Charity Organizations

The noble Imām of Yemen, Shaykh Muqbil ibn Hādi al-Wādi’ī رحمه الله said:

“Leaving off charity organizations is preferred to its existence because the Prophet ﷺ and his companions were more in need of money compared to us. Rather they were in severe need of money, but in spite of that they did not organize a charity organization. Therefore based upon this, leaving it off is better than its existence. And the best guidance is the guidance of the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ”

Transcribed from the tape “Al-Ghārah ash-Shadīdah” Side A of the tape

Ash-Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān -may Allah preserve him- said:

“Splitting and dividing into groups or charity organizations is from that which our religion has prohibited. Our religion has demanded from us that we do not differ nor oppose each other in ideas, as because of this differing, the efforts of the da’wah go to waste. So it is obligatory upon us to be one group upon the Manhaj (methodology) of Islam and the Sunnah of the Messenger ﷺ. This is the duty of the Muslims.”

Al-Muntaqā from the fatāwā of Shaykh Sālih al-Fawzān, Page 22, Chapter 45

The noble Imām, Shaykh Al-Albānī رحمه الله holds the opinion that it is sufficient (to say) that the projects of establishing charity organizations is Harām if they deposit their wealth in interest-based banks.

Silsilah al-Hudā wan-Nūr tape no. 590

Ash-Shaykh Sālih Āl ash-Shaykh, may Allāh preserve him, said:

“Verily some groups come together under an organization, they use (some of the) statements of Shaykh al-Islām and other than him from the people of knowledge as a proof (for it), while (in reality) they did not understand (the speech of those scholars) for verily Shaykhul-Islām (Ibn Taymiyyah), may Allāh have mercy upon him, mentioned organizing but however he did not intend an actual organization, because these organizations are newly invented organizations, meaning selecting a leader for a party who is obeyed and those who are under him informs him of that which occurs as (it is performed) for the ruler (of the Muslims) for his obedience. This is with no doubt not permissible and the speech of Shaykhul-Islām does not indicate (the permissibility of this) nor does other than him.”

Sharh Masā’il al-Jāhiliyyah, tape number five, side B.

Question posed to ash-Shaykh Yaḥyā al-Hajūrī حفظه الله:

Q: In our city, there is an Ikhwānī who deceives the lay-people and those who are fooled by him in that when they ask about Jam’iyyāt he says: If Jam’iyyāt were innovations then the microphone and cars are (also) innovations, because they were not present in the time of
the Messenger…?

“Yes, he is one who deceives (covers the truth with falsehood), and otherwise, verily this expression about means consistent with Islamic law (to give da’wah) have foundations, as for Jam’iyyāt that are present in this time, the Prophet never did such a thing (have organizations for da’wah).”

Al-Kanz Uth-Thamīn, Vol 5

Shaikh Yaḥyā Al Hajūrī (may Allāh preserve him said):

“My brother, in the past, were organizations present, in the time of the Messenger of Allah? and wasn’t it that the rights of people were given to them? As for now these Da’wah Organizations come under the newly invented matters, let the one who is present give news to the one who is absent. And the one who is angry (for this statement of ours), between us and them is the book of Allāh and the Sunnah of the Messenger: “Whomsoever innovates in this matter of ours, then it is rejected.”

Ittihāf Ul-Kirām (30-32)

Shaykh Yaḥyā Al-Hajūrī mentioned some of the negative points of Charity Organizations which are the following:

  1. It is not from the ways of the Salaf as-Sālih (righteous predecessors in our religion)
  2. It is a distraction from seeking knowledge
  3. It is a disgrace to oneself by begging
  4. Makes one lenient towards having monetary transactions with interest-based banks
  5. It is a cause to have Walā’ and Barā’ (allegiance and disassociation) for
  6. Leniency in picture-making of living beings
  7. It contains voting and elections
  8. It is a deception to the Da’wah as-Salafiyyah (correct way of calling to Islam as shown by our predecessors in religion)
  9. It is a transgression to the wealth (that is to be distributed to the cause of Allāh only) without due right
  10. It is a cause to resign from speaking the truth and being lenient in opinion
  11. It is an imitation of the disbelievers
  12. It is a means to the division of the Ummah and its splitting
  13. Secrecy of the people of innovation

Also ash-Shaykh al-‘Uthaymīn, may Allāh have mercy upon him, clarified that charity organizations are from the ways of the Jews of this time.

Sharh al-Wasitiyyah, page 191

Ash-Shaykh Yaḥyā Al-Hajūrī when asked:
“Is it permissible for the one who has knowledge of the errors of charity organizations to give them zakāt?”, he answered:

“He who donates his wealth to charity organizations falls into sin as he is fully aware of the harm (it causes) in splitting the Muslims. By Allāh, it divided the salafis in Kuwait; it separated them in Sudan and it divided them in Yemen. Abul-Hassan al-Misrī and ‘Abdur-Rahmān ‘Abdul Khāliq did not become corrupt except because of charity organizations. And ‘Abdullāh As-Sabt, Muhammad Al-Mahdī, ‘Abdul Majīd ar-Raymī, Muhammad Mūsā Al-Ba’dānī, ‘Aqīl Maqtarī and the signatories to ‘Bara’atudh-dhimmah’ (freedom from responsibility), did not become corrupt except by following the ways of the dunyā and by the fitnah of Charity organizations and the gathering of wealth.”

Charity organizations – A movement without blessing