Is it permissible to give a Sadaqah

Q 1: Some people distribute food during the month of Ramadan as an act of charity for the dead. Is this Islamically permissible? Benefit us along with citing pertaining proofs.

A: It is permissible to distribute alms to the poor on behalf of the dead Muslims. Authentic reports of Shari`ah (Islamic Law) prove that such charitable acts benefit the dead. This is the view held by Ahl-ul-Sunnah wal-Jama`ah (adherents to the Sunnah and the Muslim mainstream). Alms may be distributed at any time of the year as no authentic report exists to the effect that they should be distributed at a specified time. However, it would be better to distribute them on the blessed and virtuous days of Ramadan and the first ten days of Dhul-hijjah. (Part No. 9; Page No. 30) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.