Young Men And Women Are Doing Charitable Work; Is It Permissible For Them To Meet In Order To Organise The Work?
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A group of
young people of both sexes are doing charity work,
such as visiting orphans and the sick and feeding the
poor and so on. They are interacting directly within
the limits of organising the charitable work. Is it
permissible for them to meet together to do this work?
Praise be to Allaah.
charitable work, such as visiting orphans and the sick
and feeding the poor, is an important matter that is
promoted and encouraged in Islam and brings a great
deal of reward. Allaah says (interpretation of
"And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or
for the love of Him), to the Miskeen (the poor), the
orphan, and the captive,
9. (Saying): 'We feed you seeking Allaah's Countenance
only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.
10. 'Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and
distressful, that will make the faces look horrible
(from extreme dislike to it).'
11. So Allaah saved them from the evil of that Day,
and gave them Nadhrah (a light of beauty) and joy.
12. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken
garments, because they were patient"
and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon
him) said: "I and the one who sponsors an orphan will
be like this in Paradise," and he gestured with his
forefinger and middle finger, holding them slightly
apart. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5304) and Muslim
Ahmad narrated (7260) from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be
pleased with him) that a man complained to the
Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be
upon him) of his hardheartedness, and he said to him:
"If you want to soften your heart, then feed the poor
and pat the head of the orphan." this hadeeth was
classed as hasan by al-Haafiz in al-Fath (11/151) and
by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami' no. 1410.
Muslim (2568) narrated from Thawbaan (may Allaah be
pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah
(blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said:
"Whoever visits a sick person will remain in an
orchard of Paradise." It was said: O Messenger of
Allaah, what is an orchard of Paradise? He said: "The
reward is Paradise and its fruits." al-Nawawi said:
i.e., that will bring him to Paradise where he will
harvest its fruits.
Al-Tirmidhi (969) narrated that 'Ali (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of
Allaah (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him)
say: "There is no Muslim who visits a (sick) Muslim in
the morning, but seventy thousand angels will send
blessings upon him until the evening comes, and if he
visits him in the evening, seventy thousand angels
will send blessings upon him until morning comes, and
he will have a garden in Paradise." Classed as saheeh
by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.
And there are other well-known texts which speak of
the virtue of these actions.
There is nothing wrong with a woman doing these
actions, treating orphans kindly, feeding the poor,
and visiting sick women, so long as she adheres to
that which Allaah has commanded of hijab, covering and
not mixing with men. Indeed this is mustahabb and
recommended for her.
Undoubtedly women have a great role to play in this
field, because they are able to get to know about poor
families and convey help to them, and cooperate with
their Muslim sisters and encourage them to spend and
gave in this field. But that is no justification for
them to meet with non-mahram men on the grounds of
organising or doing charitable work. Rather it is
sufficient for them to work with other women like
them, and for men to work with men, so as to block the
means that may lead to haraam and to prevent any
fitnah occurring because of them or to them.
If the matter requires cooperation of men with women
in this field, then it should be done with the wives
of these men or some of them, who can get in touch
with the women and organise the work with them.
If these young men are not married, then the fitnah in
this case is greater, and the danger is greater, and
it is one of the footsteps of the Shaytaan which
Allaah has warned us against, as He says
(interpretation of the meaning):
"O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of
Shaytaan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps
of Shaytaan (Satan), then, verily, he commands Al-Fahsha'
[i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual
intercourse)], and Al-Munkar [disbelief and polytheism
(i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; and to speak or to
do what is forbidden in Islam)]. And had it not been
for the Grace of Allaah and His Mercy on you, not one
of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allaah
purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills, and Allaah
is All-Hearer, All-Knower"
Undoubtedly, young men meeting young women, or men
meeting women, even on the grounds that it is for
organising charity work, is one of the footsteps of
the shaytaan, which may lead to that which is even
There are so many stories and tragedies which have
occurred because of that. The wise person is the one
who learns from others and does not become a lesson
These people have to fear Allaah, and not mix good
deeds with bad deeds. They should keep away from the
causes of fitnah and deviation, and be aware of the
tricks and plots of the shaytaan.
We ask Allaah to protect us all from fitnah in word
And Allaah knows best.