SeekersGuidance Islamic Scholars Fund
The Seekersguidance Islamic Scholars Fund supports deserving and needy Islamic scholars and students dedicate themselves to studying and teaching Islam–to benefit individuals and communities, now and in the future, through the reliable spreading of Islamic knowledge and guidance.
“Scholars are the inheritors of Prophets,” said the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is only by supporting current scholars and future scholars can we support and revive the Prophetic legacy of faith, guidance, mercy, and excellence in our communities and in the Umma.
The Islamic Scholars Fund has grown from $350,000 raised in 2015 to over $1 million in both 2017 and 2018. This has supported dozens of deserving scholars and students, male and female, on a regular, monthly basis. The impact this is having in our communities on five continents, both now and into the future, is tremendous.
Scholars who were busy working odd jobs, trying to make ends meet, are now able to dedicate themselves to teaching and guiding their communities. And students who have the potential to become Islamic scholars are now able to pursue scholarship with focus and commitment.
But there are many others who need your support. Without your help, these scholars will continue to struggle, unable to teach. When that happens, we all suffer the consequences.
Help spread the light of Prophetic guidance in these challenging times. Invest your Zakat and charity impactfully — to preserve sound, reliable Islamic knowledge for future generations.
Give your zakat and charity at SeekersGuidance.org/donate
* All contributions are Zakat-eligible and tax-deductible in the US.
How Does the Islamic Scholars Fund Work?
The Islamic Scholars Fund accepts both zakat and charity. Scholars and students of knowledge are zakat-eligible under the category of “in the Path of Allah,” mentioned in the Verse of Zakat [Qur’an, 9.60]
This is confirmed across the schools of Sunni Islam. The scholars affirm that the best of zakat and charity is the giving that has the greatest benefit or fulfills the greatest need. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar] And there is consensus that the greatest benefit that we are responsible to preserve–for the good of humanity–is the preservation of religion. This requires supporting present and future scholars.
The Islamic Scholars Fund operates on our Fund Policies devised through careful consultation with a wide network of senior scholars in the West and East, and has been endorsed and supported by scholars and leaders, including Habib Umar bin Hafiz, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Imam Siraj Wahaj, and others.
We only give funds to those who
(1) qualify as being scholars, teachers of Islam, or dedicated and deserving students of Islamic knowledge; and who are (2) eligible for zakat or charity.
We have an Islamic Scholars Fund Committee of four individuals to approve any funding requests:
(1) Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, our founder and executive director;
(2) Dr. Asif Padela, senior academic advisor;
(3) Shaykh Hamza Karamali, our Dean of Academics; and
(4) Sidi Hamed Ali, our Managing Director.
We confirm both the eligibility and deservingness of any candidate for support through careful consideration and consultation with community leaders and scholars who know the candidate.