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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Dearest Shaikh, During a group discussion, I
with my friends confronted on the following
issues. Iftar arrangements made by Qatar
Charity. The discussion is that i told Qatar
Charity arrangement is for poor and needy
and not for us who are Alhamdolillah in a
position to manage our Iftar. But one of our
Aalim(Literate) in Hadiths and Qur'an told
that Hadiths simply say feed the iftar to
people. It does not further clarify rich or
poor. Which means it does not hold you if
you wish to go and enjoy the iftar. But he
further commented on that we should avoid
entering Ramadan Tents organised by Qatar
Charity for Iftar unless in emergency.
Secondly, one of our learned people
informed us that the holy month of Ramadan
is special for blessings on every good deed
which counts in folds. We should pay
attention for more in ibaadat then eating and
shopping. Especially, people are found
engaged in arranging delicious dishes for
iftar and unfortunately they miss their
rewards of the last count of breaking of fast,
"which is clearly stated in one of the ahadith
that sum ups like Allah never reject or refuse
the duaa of the person at the time of
breaking of fast. Referring to this he advised
us to avoid giving invitation to friends for
iftar or any get together during Ramadan as
it will disturb your ibaadat for making
arrangements of iftar parties and others. I
appreciate the idea he further suggested to
call for get together during Eid and other
occassion but leave Ramadan exclusive for
Ibaadat. Please give your advise in light of
Qur'an and Sunnah for Iftar Party and Qatar
Charity issues.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

Apparently, the reward of offering Iftaar for
the fasting Muslim is not exclusive to the
poor because the Prophet said:
"Whoever provides a fasting person
something with which to break his fast will
earn the same reward as the one who was
observing the fast." [At-Tirmithi] The Prophet
did not say, "Whoever provides a
fasting poor person..." The term "fasting
person" includes both the rich and the poor.
However, the ruling of eating from the
Iftaar organized by Qatar Charity depends on
the conditions stipulated by it. If you know
that the Charity organizes this Iftaar for the
poor and needy people only, it will not be
permissible for a rich man to break his fast
(with the food served) in its tents. But if the
Charity does not make it exclusive to the
poor and needy people, the rich will be
allowed to eat from its food. Iftaar which is
arranged by such charities is often financed
by charity money that people pay for the
poor, so, we do not find it permissible for
the non-poor people to benefit from it.

As regards inviting Muslims to have collective
Iftaar in Ramadan or at any other time, this
is permissible since Islam calls for fostering
affection, love, and strengthening Muslims'
relations. Thus, if a Muslim invited people to
a collective Iftaar, there will undoubtedly be
much good in that. It was narrated on the
authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Salaam, may Allah
be pleased with him, that the Prophet
said: "O people! Spread Salaam and serve the
food (i.e. feed the poor)." [At-Tirmithi] It
does not matter whether the one who invited
for this Iftaar is one of the attendees or
anybody else, for this creates harmony and
love among Muslims and calls them to
compete in goodness. No doubt, these are
part of the great objectives of the Sharee‘ah.
However, in case these gatherings lead to
much waste of time or involve gossip, then it
is preferable not to attend them.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/170143/attending-iftaar-held-by-a-charity-organization

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