South Africa: Zakat May Be Used For HIV/AIDS Patients

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from South Africa
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A group of ulama (religious scholars) at the International Consultation on Islam and HIV/AIDS (organised by the charity, Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW), in Johannesburg, South Africa) has issued two progressive fatwas. The first fatwa approves the use of funds from the zakat (mandatory alms giving) for HIV-positive people, whether Muslims or non-Muslim, regardless of how they contracted the virus, as long as they are poor. The second fatwa allows the use of condoms by married discordant couples, where one is HIV-positive and the other is not, to avoid infection.