This article, “The Debtor’s Share and its Contribution to Social Solidarity”, falls into three parts. The first part introduces the concept of Zakat in Islam. It is the poor’s right to the fortune of the rich. It is also a way for the rich to worship and get closer to God through helping the needy and underprivileged in the society. In part two I explain the concept of Debtors and their status in the Share’a. A debtor is the one unable to pay back his/her loans. The Share’a Law gives them a share to the charity funds. Part three defines three types of debtors and the conditions to their assistance. First is the one indebted for his own benefit, e.g. house loans. Second is the one for the benefit of others, e.g. contribution to social peace in cases of dispute. Third is guarantors Each is allowed the amount that covers his/her debt. The fourth section explains the Share’a rulings on three issues related to debtor’s share. The last and fifth section discusses the debtor’s share and its contribution to social solidarity.
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