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Fasting / The ruling of giving Zakaat al-Fitr to people in another country

The ruling of giving Zakaat al-Fitr to people in another country

publish date : 2014-08-26 04:24 PM | Views : 1183
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Question

Dear respected Shaykh, assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. I am in Egypt, and my family in Saudi Arabia. Should they give Zakat al-Fitr on my behalf? What is the ruling?

حكم إخراج زكاة الفطر في بلد آخر

Answer

Praise be to Allah, and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family and his companions. Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. As to what follows: In response to your question, we say: It is compulsory for every Muslim to give Zakat al-Fitr for himself from his own wealth. If someone volunteers to pay it on his behalf then that will suffice for him.  It is better for a Muslim to give Zakat al-Fitr in the place that he is residing in because it is a Zakat which is linked to the body, unless if he is transferring it to a place of greater need, or if the benefit of taking it there is better than giving it in the place that he is staying in. In that case such an action is permissible. Dr. Khalid al-Mosleh   18/10/1424

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