Ramadan Mubarak to you and yours.
As I do every Ramadan, I wanted to delve into Zakat. This month I expect to write several articles related to Zakat (as opposed to the usual one). Ever wonder what Muslim nonprofits consider Zakat-eligible?
- A $5,000 honorarium for a speaker?
- An advertising campaign on Google?
- Buy the hors d’oeuvres for an intimate fundraising dinner?
Welcome to the rule-free, practically post-apocalyptic world of “Zakat-eligible” Muslim nonprofits, where some Muslim leaders treat fiqh the same way a teenager thinks of a high school dress code. I wrote a guide on how to distinguish between worthy places to donate, and the kinds of places you should seriously consider avoiding.
You can check it out here. My goal that zakat not be an exercise in getting away with nonsense, but that we as donors consider the economic impact of our zakat.
If you or any of your friends and family are exploring doing an Islamic Estate Plan, a link for my 15-minute mini-consultation to go over the process is here.