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IslamQA: Donating to charity while being in debt in Islam

Assalamualaikum, is it valid to donate money from loans? E.G student loans? And can you donate to charity from your own earnings whilst in debt (provided you are paying off the debt incrementally with the same earnings?) jazak Allah khairun

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

Unfortunately I cannot find any fatwas on the permissibility of donating from interest-bearing loans. As for donating to charity while you are in debt, some scholars, such as al-Bukhari and al-Nawawi, consider it forbidden, since creditors have the greater right to the money, while others consider it permissible but disliked.

And God knows best.
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