DAY TWENTY-NINE: Zakat Al Fitr (Eid Charity)
Ramadan is coming to an end….
Wait a minute, so does that mean in a day or two, we’ll drink coffee in the morning, no problem?
We’ll have breakfast instead of ‘break-our-fast’
Oh my God! Did you guys ever try the Eggs Benedict on a muffin topped with smoked salmon? Served with cherry tomatoes and roasted potatoes on the side? Oh yummmm
And fresh pineapple juice…
And grilled cheese sandwiches
Frittatas, bagels and Pita bread with white cheese and olive oil
Red velvet pancakes and Nutella waffles
And our Egyptian Feteer (layered pastry)
And all the other mouth watering foods we love so much
I would like to thank all the items on the food menu for bringing so much joy to our family gatherings, so much love to our hearts and for making our taste buds alive with amazing flavors.
We have missed you so much!
And even though we’ve had our differences before since some of you make us gain weight, we’d like you to know that on days like Eid, you’re completely forgiven because it’s totally 100% worth it. And I promise we’ll try our best not to take you for granted again.
Give it up to all our favorite foods! Let’s have one more round of applause loool.
You know, at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) ‘Zakat Al Fitr’ (Ordained charity given at the end of Ramadan) used to be one saa’ of food, or one saa’ of dates, or one saa’ of barley, or one saa’ of raisins. (Bukhari and Muslim)
Given your drooling reactions to the breakfast menu I listed a few seconds ago, it kind of makes sense to give out food to the poor and needy at the end of Ramadan, no?
Yes, you. Did you have a question?
What’s a Saa’?
Well, it’s an ancient measuring unit equivalent to about 3 liters
Can I give any other type of food? Or even money?
Of course you can give other types of food depending on availability and quality.
Giving food is the ‘sunnah’ and it is the most correct form of charity in this case, but many ‘modern-time’ scholars have agreed that Zakat Al Fitr can also be given out in money and ‘Allah knows best’ (I’ve always wanted to say that but never had a chance! Thank you loool)
On whose behalf should a man (or woman) pay Zakat Al Fitr?
Zakaat al-fitr must be given on behalf of all Muslims under your care, young and old, male and female, free and slave. With regard to a fetus, it is not obligatory to give it on his/her behalf according to scholarly consensus, but it would be nice of you to do so, since ‘Uthman Ibn Afan (may Allah be pleased with him) did that.
When should Zakat Al Fitr be given?
Like right NOW loool!
It’s essential to give the charity before Eid so people would have time to make good use of it.
You don’t have to finish reading this post if you haven’t given out your zakat yet. Go do it like right now please.
(Final deadline? Morning of the first day of Eid, but you better have like a REALLY good excuse!)
Who is eligible for Zakat Al Fitr?
- The poor
- The needy,
- Collectors of Zakah,
- Reconciliation of hearts (new reverts or people this close to embracing Islam)
- Freeing captives / slaves
- Those fighting for a religious cause or a cause of Allah
- The traveler.
Why do we pay Zakat Al Fitr anyway?
It’s a blessing for us if you’d like to know.
In the past month, there’s no doubt we’ve slipped a couple of times. A little gossiping here, a semi-curse word there.
Rolling your eyes at someone here, and raising your voice during an argument there.
Sheeeshhh some ugly memories are flashing before me loool.
Zakat Al Fitr serves as an eraser. It purifies those who fast in Ramadan from those little sins we hardly notice or can’t control.
And oh don’t we all need to be accepted and forgiven…?
Don’t we all need to be heard and loved…?
My dear Greatest Lord…
You’re the One who knows what’s inside our hearts…
and You know we have nothing to purify our souls with…
We own nothing..
Please my Lord…
Don’t believe our moments of despair or anger..
Please don’t believe our arrogance or selfishness..
It’s not who we are..
So please forgive us when we slip..
and love us despite the ugliness and resistance You see from us…
We don’t have anyone else to run to..
We really don’t..
We don’t know anyone who’ll accept us with all our flaws and imperfections and still give us limitless chances..
And still forgive, care and shower us with blessings
No one but You..
Can I ask You a question…?
Have You accepted us…?
Are You proud of us…?
Is there anything we can do or say to gain Your love and pleasure?
Are You happy with us this Ramadan?
I’m begging You…
Don’t let the month go by until You have loved and accepted us…
Until You’ve looked at us with a smile…
Until You’ve made a place for us in the Highest Levels of Jannah, where we get to see Your face…
All my love,
Lilly S. Mohsen
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Assalaamu Alaykum Lilly
Thanks for that (again).
Having read that “it may not be obligatory to pay Zakah al Fitr for a foetus” brings my mind to a particular scenario:
My husband’s niece gave birth on the last day of Ramadaan, her baby was 2 months premature and I can only imagine they were not as prepared for it as they would have liked to have been. They may not have contemplated paying zakah al fitr on their 5 hour old baby. Should they have? Yes, I guess?
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