Helping Muslims Give to Charity

Donors are afraid that they'll be accused of supporting terrorism

Friday, June 05, 2009

One of the five pillars of Islam, “zakat,” is the giving of a small percentage of one’s income to a Muslim charity. President Obama, in his Cairo speech, said that he is "committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat." The practice of zakat came under scrutiny under the Bush administration, when seven charities were closed down and jailed leaders accused of helping fund terrorist organizations abroad. Many Muslims fear that if they give to a religious group, they may be accused of funneling money to terrorists. What steps are needed to make it easier for Muslims to practice this important part of their religion?

The Takeaway talks with Jennifer Turner, the Human Rights Researcher at the ACLU. She’s been interviewing Muslim donors and charities the past year for the ACLU and has talked to many in the Muslim community. Also joining the show is Asra Nomani, she is a Professor of Journalism at Georgetown University and author of "Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam," and she's here to talk about her struggles with giving to Muslim charities as part of her zakat.

"Muslim donors are terrified to give. They're very concerned that they may come under scrutiny for donations to entirely legal American charities that are registered with the IRS."
— Jennifer Turner of the ACLU on scrutiny of the Muslim practice of Zakat

Guests:

Jennifer Turner

Hosted by:

Andrea Bernstein and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Stephanie Loleng

Comments [1]

alhaji aboobucker malkhan zowry from accra, ghana

assalamualaikum

dear muslim brothers and sisters i am a muslim businessmen from srilanka 3 years i am living in west africa ghana, i came to this country for gold business the fund not only 4 me with some others they trust me n invest on this business, unfotuanaly i feld a worng hand in ghana n lost all my cash 1.5 million $ now i am follow my case in court. now my situation is zero and i am a debtor but i learn the gold business in Africa in proper way now i know how to by gold in Africa so if somebody interest in this business they can contact me by my mail i can arrange 50 kilo of gold genuine deal the donor or a investor can come to Ghana (gold land) i can do my all the best to by gold i hope only my commission i don't need any of cash. from my commission i can grow myself if any body interest i can send all of my details to u . this is a big sadaka act if u can do i am not a fraud or a cheater believe me, again i say i don't need any of cash i am a honest god fearing Muslim an i have been mecca for haj 4 times

thanks

alhaji aboobucker m.z

Jun. 09 2011 08:51 AM

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