Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. There are numerous mentions of establishing regular prayer and regular charity in the Qur'an. I want to know if charity is limited to giving out money as alms, or does it also include volunteering time to Islamic organizations in various capacities? If I were to do so, would it also be reckoned as charity? Could we enjoy our work and involvement with the community as a meritorious act entailing rewards of charity? Jazakum Allahu khayran.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I had lent an amount of money to a relative years ago. Now, I know that he is not in position to repay me. Can I transform the amount of debt into Zakah, and tell my relative that I have converted the debt into Zakah, and he does not have to repay me. Please guide me. May Allah showers His Blessings on all Muslims.
Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum. I have a debt which I owe a relative. I have clear intention to pay it off and the relative trusts in me to pay it back whenever. During Ramadan, I wanted to do good and I pledged a big amount to a charity. I paid half that amount and will shortly pay the other half. Did I do something wrong that is against the teaching of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)? Should I have instead paid my debt down? Should I use the second payment to pay my debt or should I fulfill my promise to the charity? Jazakum Allah khayran.
Respected scholars! As-Salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. May you have a happy and blessed Ramadan! Now, the end of Ramadan is approaching. I heard that a Muslim's fast will not be accepted unless he pays Zakat Al-Fitr. Please shed light on the rules and significance of this kind of Zakah.