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Ethnocentrism and Logical Fallacy in Islamic Zakat watch

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    So my mom and sister were on their way out with a bunch of our older clothing that they thought would be a good idea to donate. Seems pretty altruistic, right?

    However, before departure my sister pointed to one group of the clothing separated towards two corners of the room and said that would be going into the donation bin at the corner of the main bus station near our home. Contrarily, the other pile would be going to a Muslim refugee organization.

    Now that's all well and good. A reason for separating them would them reaching several different mediums, spreading the donation; and spreading the love, per say.

    Or at least that's what I thought. HOWEVER, when I asked, my sister said that the latter was going because it would be considered zakat - while donations to non-Muslims don't count.

    I'd really love to comprehend the logic behind an apparently omnipotent being that created and controls the entire universe putting forward such a rule.
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    P.S. I'm sure my sister didn't intend this to mean that the entire reason behind the segregation of the donation was our family's resulting reward, but my question/point still stands.
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    (Original post by BristolFresher15)
    So my mom and sister were on their way out with a bunch of our older clothing that they thought would be a good idea to donate. Seems pretty altruistic, right?

    However, before departure my sister pointed to one group of the clothing separated towards two corners of the room and said that would be going into the donation bin at the corner of the main bus station near our home. Contrarily, the other pile would be going to a Muslim refugee organization.

    Now that's all well and good. A reason for separating them would them reaching several different mediums, spreading the donation; and spreading the love, per say.

    Or at least that's what I thought. HOWEVER, when I asked, my sister said that the latter was going because it would be considered zakat - while donations to non-Muslims don't count.

    I'd really love to comprehend the logic behind an apparently omnipotent being that created and controls the entire universe putting forward such a rule.
    Spoiler:
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    P.S. I'm sure my sister didn't intend this to mean that the entire reason behind the segregation of the donation was our family's resulting reward, but my question/point still stands.
    This sums it up pretty concisely:

    https://islamqa.info/en/3238

    - there is nothing wrong with giving charity to non-Muslims, on the contrary it is encouraged as an action of great reward

    - zakah is the amount that is an obligation upon muslims to give in the way of charitable causes on a yearly basis - as it is an obligation on all muslims, it is firstly the poor and needy ones from the muslims that are seen to.

    - sadaqah, which is charity other than zakah, can be given to anyone, is completely voluntary and it's amount is not specific. For example, if someone had a million pounds, 2.5% of this would go as zakah to needy muslims. Whether this person decides to give 50% of what remains to some poor non-Muslims living just down the road on a voluntary basis is up to them.

    - it is not justified for a muslim to donate to people who themselves are fighting against muslims or using their money to further oppression
 
 
 
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