The virtues of Zakat Al-Fitr ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article, I have explained some very important basic things about Zakat al-Fitr. In this article, I will explain the benefits of Zakat al-Fitr. Of course, there are some benefits of Zakat al-Fitr that no other Zakat ritual has. Therefore, as Muslims, we must know that.
As usual, before I explain the benefits of Zakat al-Fitr further, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;
عَنْ اِبْنِ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : فَرَضَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ زَكَاةَ الْفِطْرِ طُهْرَةً لِلصَّائِمِ مِنَ اللَّغْوِ وَالرَّفَثِ وَطُعْمَةً لِلْمَسَاكِيْنِ , فَمَنْ أَدَّاهَا قَبْلَ الصَّلَاةِ فَهِيَ زَكَاةٌ مَقْبُوْلَةٌ وَمَنْ أَدَّاهَا بَعْدَ الصَّلَاةِ فَهِيَ صَدَقَةٌ مِنَ الصَّدَقَاتِ . رَوَاهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ وَ اِبْنُ مَاجَهْ
From Ibn Abbas radliyallahu ‘anhuma, he said, “The messenger of Allah sallallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has obliged Zakat al-Fitr to purify those who fast from all things that are not useful, from bad words, and to feed poor people. Whoever pays it before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, it is the Zakat received. But whoever pays for it after Eid prayer, then it is usual alms.” The hadith was said by Abu Daud and Ibn Majah.
There are some important things about the above hadith that we must know;
First; The hadith explains that Zakat al-Fitr is an obligation.
Second; Zakat al-Fitr is one good deed that can wash away sins. Allah the Exalted said;
وَأَقِمِ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ طَرَفَيِ ٱلنَّهَارِ وَزُلَفٗا مِّنَ ٱلَّيۡلِۚ إِنَّ ٱلۡحَسَنَٰتِ يُذۡهِبۡنَ ٱلسَّئَِّاتِۚ ذَٰلِكَ ذِكۡرَىٰ لِلذَّٰكِرِينَ ١١٤
And keep up prayer in the two parts of the day and in the first hours of the night; surely good deeds take away evil deeds this is a reminder to the mindful. (Hud ; 114).
Third; Paying Zakat al-Fitr before Eid al-Fitr prayer is better. The aim is that the needy people do not think about it so they do not focus on Eid al-Fitr prayer.
All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the virtues of Zakat al-Fitr. If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibanatu al-Ahkam Syarhu Bulughi al-Maram, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 252-253.