Faith based Charity helping the poor

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Q. A woman in the community has come upon hard times and she asked our mosque to help her out. Can the mosque set up a fund to help this woman in distress? 

Short Answer: Yes, but with 3 qualifications.  

Long Answer: Faith based organizations are often called open to help those in distress. They can do so if:

  1. The stated Purposes of the Registered Charity allow for the alleviation of poverty;
  2. The activities must be available to a wide segment of the public; not just to members of the organization;
  3. A donor cannot stipulate that the donation go directly to an individual or family.
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