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Can one restrict use of charity?

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2. Can we give sadaqah to a school and ensure that they do not use it for any other purpose but to buy land with it. Can we restrict the use of that sadaqah based on our wishes.


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Can one restrict use of charity?

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Your Question: Can we restrict the use of that sadaqah based on our wishes.

There is absolutely no harm if one gives Sadaqah or voluntary charity in any good cause to earn the Pleasure of Allah, and wishes to specify or restrict the use of the money given, to a particular project or part of a project. The person who gives the voluntary charity has a full right, if he wishes to exercise his option, to ensure that the money given as sadaqah be used in a manner that is acceptable to him.


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