“Muhammad preached that the rich should share their wealth with the poor.” Chapter 14, Lesson 1, Discovering Our Past: A History of the World

This textbook plays on the student’s Judeo-Christian concept of giving to all the poor. But Muslim giving to the poor meant giving to the Muslim poor only.

What we do have are records of Muhammad preaching about the Zakat. The Zakat was commanded by Allah through Muhammad. Giving the Zakat is considered an act of worship and is one of the five Pillars of Islam. The Qur’an lists the people who are to receive Zakat (at-Taubah 9:60) as: poor, needy, collectors, destitude, needy travellers, for freeing captives, debtors, for Islam, and new converts, prospective converts, and soldiers in Jihad.

It is not permissible to give Zakat to any kafir (non-Muslim) except the one who is inclined towards Islam, in the hope that he will become Muslim if you give him zakaah (al-Tawbah:60).
All Muslim scholars agree that the Zakat should not be given to non-Muslims. “Allah forbids you not those who warred not against you on account of religion and drove you not out from your homes, that you should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loves the just dealers.” Quran, 60: 8

The Prophet of Islam used to pay a portion of Zakat sometimes to the new converts. New converts to any religion leave behind them a whole society that displays active hostility against them. They are in danger of losing their lives. They certainly in most case lost business and get involved in hardships and discomforts of a varied type. To such of the new converts, the Prophet of Islam as a symbol of their entering a brotherhood which was alive to their interests, used to dole out certain sums. Upon this modest but much needed help depended the moral stamina and economic rehabilitation of those who were thus cut off from old associates. He used, sometimes, by payment of Zakat to win over the hearts of leaders of clans and tribes and secure their goodwill for the Musalmans and ward off their potential evil designs against the Muslim society which was then only spring into existence. Payment was again made under this head to the needy, who were expected ultimately to understand and embrace Islam.

Again we see the whitewashing of Islam in the textbooks of American Public School Students.