Observing the condition of the dono...

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Observing the condition of the donor


">We reviewed request no. 1201 for the year 2007 which includes the following:

Our association collects money from wealthy people in the town to sponsor orphans. In conformation to regulations made for this purpose, the association sponsors 86 families consisting of 234 members. From the collected sum, the association constructed a two storey commercial mall whose proceeds are used in the sponsorship project.
Is it permissible to spend from this money on poor families, the needy, and the many other needy persons in the society other than orphans since the sums specified for them are insufficient? Please note that the sum in question has been collected from the donors to be spent on orphans.



If the case is as mentioned in the question, it is impermissible for your association to spend the money collected to sponsor orphans. Likewise, it is impermissible to use the revenues generated from the project established from the surplus sum for other than the original purpose i.e. orphan sponsorship, save after taking the permission of the donors if possible.
Others in need must be given from money collected specially for them or from the sums collected by the association which it is free to spend as it sees fit for each case according to the regulations made for this purpose.
Allah the Almighty knows best.   
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