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madeenahsh
08-10-2006, 06:16 PM
Your Fast Will not be Raised [to the heavens] Until You Give Out Zakaatul Fitr

Al Lajnah ad Daa-imah

Question: Is this Hadeeth authentic:

“[Your] fast during Ramadaan will not be raised [to the heavens] until you give out Zakaatul Fitr.”
If a Muslim who is fasting is in need and does not have enough [provision] to give out Zakaat, is it Waajib (compulsory) upon him to give out Zakaatul Fitr based upon the authenticity of this Hadeeth or other authentic proofs from the Sunnah?

Answer: Zakaatul Fitr is Waajib upon every Muslim who is responsible for providing for himself if he has some provision left over for himself and his family for the day and night of ‘Eed. [He has to give out a] A Saa’, the proof for this is the established Hadeeth on the authority of Ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنهما) that he said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) rendered it Waajib upon every free or enslaved, male or female, young or old Muslim to give out a Saa’ for Zakaatul Fitr. He ordered it to be given out before they go to Salaat [al ‘Eed].” [Collected by Bukharee and Muslim and the wording is from Al Bukharee.]
There is another Hadeeth that establishes this that is narrated on the authority of Abu Sa’eed Al Khudri (رضي الله عنه) that he said:

“We used to give out Zakaat al Fitr while the Messenger of Allaah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was amongst us: A Saa’ of food, dates, Sha’eer (barley/corn…), Raisins or Aqit (A dairy product).” [Collected by Bukharee and Muslim]
It is also sufficient for one to give out a Saa’ of food that is available in his locality such as rice and so on.

What is meant by a Saa’ is the Saa’ of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) which is a measure of four handfuls of an average man.

If one does not give out Zakaatul Fitr, he has fallen into sin and it is Waajib upon him to make up for it

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Fataawaa al-Lajnah ad-Daa'imah: #5733

Translated by: Abu ‘Abdul Waahid, Nadir Ahmad.
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afriend
08-10-2006, 06:48 PM
Jazakallah khair sister...Now I can't wait till Ramadhaan....I can feel that Ramadhaan feeling coming up...It's soooo awesome :) Subhanallah
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