ZAKAT -UL-FITR /SADAQAT-UL-FITR?
It is the due given out after the month long fast of Ramadhan.
The Prophet (saw) enjoined it on those who fast to purify their fasts and shield it from any indecent act or speech, and for the purpose of providing food for the needy.
IS IT OBLIGATORY ?
YES! Every Muslim MUST give it for himself, his wife, children, and dependants.It is obligatory upon every Muslim if he has one saa’ or more, than he needs of food for himself & his family on the day and night of Eid.Ibn Umar (ra) said: “The Messenger (saw) enjoined zakat al-fitr, a saa’ of dates, or a saa’ of barley, upon all the Muslims, slave and free, male and female, young and old, and he commanded that it be given before the people went out to pray.(Agreed upon).If a person does not give zakat al-fitr, he/she is sinning and it has to be made up even after death from his/her property before distribution to the heirs.
MUST I GIVE FOR MY BABY BORN IN RAMADHAN OR BEFORE EID SOLAH?
WHEN TO GIVE?
Must be paid before the Eid Salat, it is permissible to pay it one or two days before, Ibn ‘Umar (ra): “They used to give it one or two days before (Eid) al-Fitr.” Bukhaari
WHAT TO GIVE?
Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri narrated: “We used to give zakat al-fitr when the prophet (saw) was alive, a saa’ of food or a saa’ of dates or a saa’ of barley or a saa’ of raisins or a saa’ of dried yoghurt.”( Agreed upon).
It is acceptable to give a saa’ of any other local staple food such as rice,wheat etc.
It is clear that ZAKAAT AL-FITR MUST BE FOOD, NOT MONEY, we must adhere to what has been recorded in the Sunnah. So, give one saa’ of whatever is the staple food in your country.
WHAT IS THE MEASURE/QUANTITY?
It is called a “saa’ ” according to the prophet (saw); it is four (4) times the amount that may be held in the two (2)hands of a man of average build.(A saa’ is equivalent to approximately 3 kilograms).
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth