Mufti Z Bhayat’s answers on Sadaqah al fitr

Sadaqatul Fitr – Q & A

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Q) On whom is Sadaqatul Fitr Waajib (compulsory)?
A. Sadaqatul Fitr is Waajib on every Muslim who has the value of Nisaab in access of necessities on the day of Eid after subtracting debts.

Q) What is the status of Sadaqatul Fitr, Waajib, Sunnah etc.?
A. Sadaqatul Fitr is Waajib

Q) When is the latest one can discharge Sadaqatul Fitr?
A. Sadaqatul Fitr should be discharged before the Eid Salaah. If one fails to do so it should be discharged as soon as possible.

Q) What is the consequence for those who do not discharge Sadaqatul Fitr?
A. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘the fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until Sadaqatul Fitr is discharged.’

Q) What is the position of my Sadaqatul Fitr if I handed it to an organisation that discharged it long after the prescribed time?
A. By giving your Sadaqatul Fitr to an organisation you have appointed them as wakeel (representative) on your behalf to discharge your Fitrah. Your fitrah will only be discharged when the organisation distributes the money. Default from their side will be considered a default on your path. It is thus advisable that you query from the organisation as to when and how they discharge their funds.

Q) To whom can Sadaqatul Fitr be given?
A. Those muslims who are eligible for Zakaat.

Q) I have minor children. Is Sadaqatul Fitr waajib upon them?
A. Yes, Sadaqatul Fitr will have to be discharged on their behalf by the father. If they have their own savings then it could be discharged from their money.

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