TheRamadhanBaby #28- Zakatul Fitr

Imagine going to Eid prayers knowing there is no food to celebrate with. Other families would cook and serve delicacies and you have to tell your family it’s another day of hunger. 

Allah asks Muslims to consider those who have less than they do. Not just to invite them to Eid feast but give them a chance to cook their own. Give them dignity.

It is not like regular Zakat that can be paid in different forms of  wealth including cash. 

This one is specifically food just as that of Eid-al Adha is specifically meat.

The Prophet legislated a Sa’a (four double handfuls) of date ,barley, wheat and dry yoghurt.

( Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)

You can use the staple grains available in your part of the world if these foods are not found there.

Allah has made it a purification for the fasting Muslim and good for the poor. (Sunan Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud).

For in our faith, giving is not one-way. A thing for the haves to look down on the have-nots. It benefits both the giver and the given.

These raw foods are to be handed to the poor to do as they wish.To give them control and make it feel more than a just a ‘handout’. Avenues like this ensure wealth redistribution and by extension, social justice is achieved in Islam.

It is given for every member of the family iincluding newborns. In the Prophet’s time , it was given for servants and slaves. It is important that it be given before Eid.

In some countries, this program is highly organized where you drop money for one Sa’a or more and this is used to purchase foodstuff to be given to the poor. But in others, you might have to measure out the foodstuff and identify people to give.

Get your plans in place if you are able. Time is running out. If you are not able, don’t worry I hope someone gets it through to you. May Allah enrich you so you can be among the givers next year.

TheRamadhanBaby #29 ZAKATUL FITR

In our deen, we have Zakat of money, gold, silver, livestock but Zakatul Fitr is unique in that it is incumbent upon Muslims be they male or female, young or old, slaves or free.
It is a measure of staple food given to the needy at the end of Ramadhan but BEFORE EID.

A Sa’a of food equals 4 Mudd(handfuls) of grain, legumes, dried dates etc is distributed to the poor. Heads of families can pay for themselves then their family. Individuals can pay for themselves.

It is against the Sunnah to use money. This is based on evidences such as:

– Hadith of Ibn Umar, Ibn Abbas and Abu Sa’eed al Khudri: The Prophet legislated a Sa’a of date, barley, wheat and dry yoghurt.[Bukhari, Muslim]

-Hadith of Ibn Abbas, the Prophet made Zakaatul Fitr as purification for the fasting Muslims and FOOD for the poor. [Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud]

In Allah’s wisdom, this commandment ensures food goes round the community and everyone can celebrate without having to beg. It fosters love among family and neighbours and ensures social justice.

Dear brother and sister, kindly pay your Zakatul fitr with the staple in your locality and ensure you do so before Eid.

P.S.
The Sultan of Sokoto has announced that Friday the 17th of July, 2015 is Eid-l-Fitr 1436A.H as the moon has been sighted in Sokoto.
Eid Mubarak! Taqabalallah mina wa minkum (May Allah accept it from us and from you.)
Amin