Giving charity to a relative who does not pray


Question: What is the ruling regarding giving charity to one who does not pray, bearing in mind he is a relative?

Response: It is not permissible to give charity to him while [you know] he does not pray. That is because this is [considered to be] aiding him [upon his transgression against Allaah]. And he will understand [your charitable gesture to be a sign of] your acceptance of him having abandoned his prayer, whereas [in reality] he should be boycotted until he repents to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall).

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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