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Egyptians outraged by fatwa against charity to non-Muslims

Pressure from angry Egyptians on social media has prompted Dar al-Ifta to withdraw a fatwa limiting regular alms-giving to Muslim recipients.

“I live in a foreign country; should I give zakat to non-Muslims?”

The question was posed by a Muslim man in a Q&A video session livestreamed on Dar al-Ifta's Facebook page May 12. The cleric hosting the session, which was later deleted, replied that the annual alms required under Islam should only be given to Muslims, while "sadaqah," a less formal type of Islamic charity, can be given to non-Muslims.

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