Can I Do Charity Work on Behalf of My Non-Muslim Family?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


I’m a convert, and my family is non-Muslim. Is it permissible to plant trees or donate to building mosques on their behalf while they are still alive? What about after they die?


Yes, it is permissible to donate the reward of good deeds or charitable works to seek their guidance and worldly good while alive.

Please see the following links concerning donating rewards to dead non-Muslims:
Can We Pray for Non-Muslims Who Passed Away?
Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer

May Allah Most High give you every ease and give guidance to your family.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqida, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.