Zakat Al-Fitr; The Best Explanation

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Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain some important things about Zakat al-Fitr. Maybe you already know what that. That zakat must be paid by all Muslims before they perform Eid prayer. As Muslims, we must know that.

As usual, before I explain a few things about Zakat al-Fitr, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.

Hadith About Zakat al-Fitr

The hadith about Zakat al-Fitr I mean is as follows;

عَنْ اِبْنِ عُمَرٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا قَالَ : فَرَضَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ زَكَاةَ الْفِطْرِ صَاعًا مِنْ تَمْرٍ – أَوْ صَاعًا مِنْ شَعِيْرٍ – عَلَى الْعَبْدِ وَالْحُرِّ وَالذَّكَرِ وَالْأُنْثَى وَالصَّغِيْرِ وَالْكَبِيْرِ مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ , وَأَمَرَ بِهَا أَنْ تُؤَدِّىَ قَبْلَ خُرُوْجِ النَّاسِ إِلَى الصَّلَاةِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Ibn Umar radliyallahu ‘anhuma, he said, “The messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam has required Zakat Fitr of one Sha’ of dates – or one Sha’ of wheat – to a slave, a free man, woman, small child and old people from Muslims. He ordered that it be given before people leave the house to pray Eid (Eid al-Fitr).” The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.

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Facts About Zakat in Islam

There are some important things about this hadith that we must know;

First; The hadith explains that the Zakat is an obligation that must be carried out by all Muslims, both a slave, a free person, a man, a woman, a child, and an elderly person.

Second; The hadith explains the standard of Zakat Fitr; one Sha’ or 2035 kg. or 2.6 kg.

Third: The majority of Islamic legal experts say, that what is used as Zakat al-Fitr is food in general. So, if people in a region eat rice, then what is used as material for Zakat al-Fitr is rice. But Abu Hanifah said, that Zakat al-Fitr may be paid in money.

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