The Principle Regarding Those Who Deserve Zakatul-Fitr – Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan

Question: There is difficulty in the present time in finding a poor person who does not have food for his day. I witnessed in one of the charitable societies in the city of Riyaadh that most of those who take the Zakatul-Fitr are people who have a month’s food or a year’s [worth of food]. Is it allowed to give them the Zakatul-Fitr?

Answer: “O my brothers, no one said that Zakatul-Fitr is not given except to one who does not have his provisions for the day and night. No one said this. It is given to a poor person and a poor person is one who does not find what suffices him for his year. This is the poor person. He is given from the Zakatul-Mal and he is given from the Zakatul-Fitr. As for stipulating that this person [should be one who does not have] his food for the day and night, then this condition applies for the one who is giving Zakatul-Fitr not the one who it is given to. Yes [i.e. the one who finds enough food for his day and more on Eid, must pay Zakatul-Fitr]”


Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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