One is not obliged to distribute the Zakah by himself to the entitled recipients. He may validly appoint an agent (whether natural person or organization) to pay the Zakah on his behalf.
In appointing such an agent, the Zakah payer must bear in mind that the Zakah obligation is not discharged if the agent fails to distribute the Zakah to the entitled recipients. At the same time, possession of the Zakah amount by the agent will be deemed to be possessed by the principal (Zakah payer) as in the case of those organizations, who are guilty of serious maladministration by collecting Zakah and not distributing the same for a number of years without valid reason. Read more... (589 words, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
Advice for unity
I have an idea of how this unity of purpose may be acquired. One manner, in which this may be achieved, is that men of understanding who are fully conversant with the conditions and problems and who are fully acquainted with the demands of Shariah should come forward. These men, who should also be tolerant, patient and forebearing, must come forward to hold extensive talks with both parties, listening and explaining the true situation and seek a proper solution. Insha.Allah at some time or other, the disagreement will disappear. Those who are not able to do this, should, like myself, feel sorry for their inability. But, as for swearing and heaping ridicule on these elders, this is not a permissible act for the general Muslim public. We have already quoted the authentic Hadeeth of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Read more... (2330 words, estimated 9:19 mins reading time)
Various ulama have written numerous booklets on Haj and how it should be performed; and the etiquette of every obligatory act. For most people a Haj journey comes but once in a lifetime. For this reason it is advisable that the intending Haji should acquire a few such booklets by acknowledged ulama; some time before his departure; and study them thoroughly. How unworthy and unfortunate will it be that after spending so much money; one finds that it has been wasted as result of wrong and prohibited acts rendering the Haj invalid. Read more... (818 words, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)