Answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General Questions

How do you pronounce “Baitulmaal” and what does it mean?

Baitulmaal is pronounced “BAY-tul-mal” with the “mal” like Mallory. Baitulmaal literally translates from Arabic into English as “House of Wealth” but its meaning is that of an “Institution of Charity.” Essentially, Baitulmaal is your home for charity.

What does Baitulmaal do?

Baitulmaal serves as a conduit between the compassion of our donors and the needs of our beneficiaries. Baitulmaal provides life-saving, life-sustaining, and life-enriching humanitarian aid to under-served populations around the world regardless of faith or nationality. Our vision is a world free of want.

Where is Baitulmaal located?

Baitulmaal is headquartered in Dallas, Texas (meet the national team here). We also have offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey as well as international offices in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

Where does Baitulmaal work and what are some of its programs?

Our compassionate donors enable Baitulmaal to RESPOND to emergencies, SUSTAIN families, and empower communities to THRIVE in countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, the Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, South America and the U.S. 

In addition to responding to emergencies with immediate aid such as food, water, medicine, hygiene kits, and assistance with evacuations or debris removal, Baitulmaal also provides long-term solutions to long-standing problems such as access to clean drinking water, resources to combat disease and malnutrition, and programs to strengthen and support communities.

Programs include:

  • Distributing nutritious food packages
  • Repairing damaged homes, hospitals, and schools
  • Supplying hospitals with antibiotics and medical supplies
  • Sending winter aid packages to displaced communities
  • Installing solar panels in schools for renewable energy
  • Promoting sanitation and hygiene by digging deep water wells, installing desalination plants, and filling water tanks
  • Assisting with COVID-19 efforts in the U.S. and abroad
  • Conducting vocational training in communities
  • Providing food for seasonal programs such as Ramadan iftars and Udhiya meat distribution.
  • And much more

What percentage of my donation goes to those in need?

Baitulmaal is 501 (c)(3), tax-deductible, zakat-eligible charity with a 4 star rating on Charity Navigator and Platinum Seal of Transparency on Guidestar.

A portion of your donation (9% in 2020) goes toward reasonable administrative costs (3%) and other support expenses (6%) to ensure the delivery of charitable services. The percentage of donations that go toward programs is 91%.

How do you get aid to countries that have blockades in place?

Charitable organizations are working together under the umbrella of large humanitarian forums. This enables us to take advantage of help through the United Nations. The UN relies on these forums to facilitate humanitarian aid distributions. This is not to say that getting aid to certain countries is without difficulties. But we work hard to get aid to where it is needed and have been blessed with being able to do so.

What type of orphan programs do you have? 

Baitulmaal facilitates one-to-one orphan sponsorships of Syrian, Palestinian, Yemeni, Kenyan, Somali, Lebanese, and Jordanian orphans. Sponsorships span a minimum of one (1) year (through either a monthly or one-time, one-year donation) and cover an orphan’s nutritional, health, educational, psychological, and social wellbeing. Donors are assigned an orphan and receive updates on their support. 

Baitulmaal also offers a general orphan support program for donors who want to support other efforts to help orphans grow and thrive around the world outside of the sponsorship program. 

Can I dedicate my gift in honor or in memory of someone? 

Yes, we have a dedication option on our online donation form. Simply check the box and select “in honor” or “in memory” and enter the name or names of who you want to dedicate your gift to. 

I want to donate to PayPal, but how do I make sure my donation goes to a specific country or program?

Our donation form is fully integrated with PayPal. You can donate with the confidence that your gift intent will be recorded and honored. 

Do you accept Crypto currency donations?

Yes! You can learn more here.

I have questions about my donation. Where can I get help?

Please reach out to donorcare@baitulmaal.org (you’ll be assigned a donor care specialist soon). 

I want to raise funds for Baitulmaal. How can I do that?

You can start a fundraiser on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/fund/baitulmaal/ or like, share, and add our link in your bio. 

You can also ask your supervisor or human resources department if your employer has a gift matching program. Many employer gift matching programs will match your donation, essentially doubling your impact. 

What other ways can I be involved?

Here are a few more ways to keep the compassion going:

  • Turn your compassion into volunteerism! Sign up to volunteer with Baitulmaal here.

Have any more questions? We’ll get you answers! Feel free to send us an email at info@baitulmaal.org.

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Questions about aid in Palestine

 Do you have people actually in Gaza and the West Bank?

Baitulmaal has been blessed with having field workers in Palestine for more than a decade supporting healthcare in the West Bank and refilling 300 water tanks in Gaza. Baitulmaal also provides winter aid, food assistance, education support and emergency aid across all of Palestine. Having resources inside Palestine enables Baitulmaal to quickly respond to the needs of Palestinians in times of crisis.

How are you responding to the crisis in Gaza and Sheikh Jarrah?

Baitulmaal is providing emergency food and water for families in Gaza and the Sheikh Jarrah area. From our assessments with our resources on the ground, the urgent need is food and water, but we are monitoring the situation and may expand our aid based on our assessments.

What have you done to help Palestinians?

Since its inception, Baitulmaal has delivered humanitarian aid to Palestine, including: winter aid such as clothing, shoes, blankets and heaters to impoverished families in Gaza; emergency aid including food, water, and hygiene kits to families impacted and/or displaced by poverty, COVID-19 or violence; and medications and supplies to Yazour Clinic that serves underprivileged Palestinians in the West Bank. Baitulmaal donors also sponsor Palestinian orphans in Lebanon and Jordan.

Aren’t some charities just taking advantage of crises to raise money?

We can’t speak for other charities. However, in times of crisis, we all need to join together and help those in need. It is not opportunistic to respond to a crisis by appealing for help from donors and delivering that help to those in need. Baitulmaal is a conduit between the compassion of our donors and the needs of their beneficiaries. The best response to a crisis is compassion. The best forms of compassion are those we put into action.

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Questions about earthquake response in Turkiye/Syria

What is the situation in Turkiye and Syria after the Feb. 6, 2023 earthquakes?

  • 41,000 people have perished in the earthquakes (as of Feb. 15, 2023)
  • Deaths are likely to surpass 56,000 according to the UN emergency aid chief
  • Thousands more have been injured
  • Millions have been displaced
  • 23 million people across Turkiye and Syria will likely face the threat of a “secondary disaster” if aid does not reach them soon, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)

What kind of aid is Baitulmaal sending?

Baitulmaal began immediately distributing food, water and blankets to survivors of the quakes. It also sent $5.35M in emergency medical aid to Turkiye, the first shipments of which are currently being distributed within Turkiye and northern Syria (as of Feb. 14, 2023). The charity will also provide winter relief kits, run ambulance services and operate medical tents, among other aid.

Where is Baitulmaal distributing the aid?

Baitulmaal is providing aid according to the unique needs assessments of survivors in:

  • Turkiye: Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Adiyaman, Hatay and other areas
  • Syria: Idlib, Maarat Masrin, Jinderes, Salqin, Sarmada, Harem, Tell Abyad and other areas in northern Syria

Aren’t governments sending humanitarian aid?

The aid pledged by governments around the world, if it materializes, can take months to reach Turkiye, with even less aid likely to be committed to Syria due to conflict in the region.

How do you track and monitor that the aid is actually getting into the hands of those who need it the most?

Baitulmaal has reporting requirements for field workers and third parties who help us deliver aid. This includes detailed documentation of the amount of aid, the number of beneficiaries as well as the costs and other social impact metrics. We also require photographic evidence of the aid deliveries as an additional measure.

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Questions about aid in Ukraine

What’s happening in Ukraine?

  • Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022
  • Russian military forces have bombed homes,
    hospitals, schools, and other civilian targets 
  • 1M refugees flee Ukraine in the first week
  • 4M refugees as of March 29, 2022
  • Mostly women, children, and elderly

What kind of aid is Baitulmaal sending?

Medical supplies are in urgent need, so Baitulmaal sent $2M in emergency medical aid and set up a general relief tent on the border of Ukraine in Romania. We are assessing the evolving situation and may send additional aid packages as needed.

What about refugees in other parts of the world?

Baitulmaal provides aid to refugees in many parts of the world including the Rohingya in Bangladesh, Palestinians and Syrians in Jordan, Turkiye and Lebanon, Uyghurs in Turkiye and internally displaced people in Yemen and Somalia, as well as Ukrainian refugees at the border of Ukraine.

As a faith-based organization, shouldn’t Baitulmaal focus on helping only Muslims?

The Quran teaches us that “whoever saves a life, it will be as if they saved all of humanity.” (Quran 5:32). 

As people of faith and people of conscience, we have a duty to respond to human suffering whenever and wherever we can regardless of faith, ethnicity, or nationality. 

There is no shortage of human suffering, so there should be no shortage of our compassion. 

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