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Ramadan is a time for us to reflect on our actions and recommit to our goals and missions. Donate your Zakat and Sadaqa to challenge Islamophobia and protect our rights.

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As-salamu Alaykum (Peace be upon you) and Ramadan Mubarak!

We pray that this blessed month brings you and your family renewal and strength. As we come together to give thanks for the blessings of Allah during the holy month of Ramadan, let us also reflect on the work we do to please Him.

Here at CAIR-LA, thanks to Allah’s mercy and your support, we are committed more than ever to promote justice, enhance the understanding of Islam and empower American Muslims during these challenging times. Your generous zakat and sadaqa donations will help bring us closer to raising $125,000 and unlock a dollar for dollar $125,000 Ramadan Challenge matched by a generous group of community donors.

Together, in this month of generosity and charity, we can meet this challenge and raise $250,000 to sustain and grow CAIR-LA’s work. Your zakat or sadaqa gift of $5,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100 or any amount will be safeguarding the liberties of Muslims and other Americans.

Here is a sample of what your support made possible in the past year:

  • * Our Civil Rights Department favorably solved 119 complaints and received more than 450 intakes.
  • * Our Immigrant Rights’ Center favorably solved 409 complaints. The center received more than 800 intakes.
  • * CAIR-LA sent more than 200 people to the State Capitol to participate in an estimated 50 advocacy meetings with elected officials and their staff on April 22 as part of the eighth Annual Muslim Day at the Capitol (MDAC), organized by CAIR-CA.

CAIR-LA’s success is the result you help make possible. It is your organization. Without Allah’s will and your generous support, we would not be able to continue this work. But we cannot stop and rest, and more than ever, need to invest and engage in CAIR-LA’s important mission.

Challenging Islamophobia and the efforts to marginalize the Muslim community is a long-term battle that we cannot afford to lose focus of. Give your zakat and sadaqa donations today to help us protect and empower Muslims and all Americans in this quest for justice. May Allah bless you with a beneficial and bountiful Ramadan.

Hussam Ayloush, M.B.A.
Executive Director

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What are your wishes for this Ramadan?

Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and a great opportunity for all Muslims to purify their mind, body, heart and soul through fasting and praying. Ramadan is not only for fasting, but also all Muslims should dedicate themselves in self-sacrifice like abstaining from taking drink or food and physical needs, asking forgiveness for their wrongdoings and devoting themselves to Allah.


When can I pay my Zakat?
Zakat should be paid as soon as possible prior to or at the time you’ve earned the requisite amount of nisab each lunar year, or one year after you last paid it.
Tip: A good way to ensure zakat is paid in a timely fashion is to pay your zakat during Ramadan.

Who can receive zakat among relatives?
Zakat can be given to one’s brother, sister, nephew, niece, paternal or maternal uncle, paternal or maternal aunt, father-in-law, mother-in-law, step-grandfather, or step-grandmother provided they do not have nisab. According to some narrations, relatives have more rights on you.

Do I have to pay zakat on my home?
One does not have to pay zakat on a primary place of residence. if the house qualifies as a secondary residence that sometimes gets rented out, however zakat is due on its income after subtracting necessary expenses.

Do I have to pay zakat on my stocks?
Yes. You should use the current value on stocks.

I normally give a lot of money in charity throughout the year, do I still have to pay zakat?
Zakat must be paid with the intention of paying zakat. if one gives any other charity, it cannot be counted as zakat as they did not have the needed intention, thus you would still have to pay zakat.

Do I have to pay my zakat on jewelry?
Yes, on jewelry you do not regularly wear and that you own for investment purposes.

What is the difference between zakat and Zakat Al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Mal (commonly called zakat) is due when a person’s wealth reaches the nisab amount and can be paid anytime during the year. Zakat al-Fitr is paid by the head of the household for each member of the family, before Eid al-Fitr prayer. Zakat al-Fitr is about 3 kilograms of wheat, rice or dates its

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