Zakat Al Fitr SIMPLIFIED

Do you know that Zakat al fitr…?!

* Is the charity given to the poor and the needy at the end of the fasting of holy month of Ramadan.

* Is a duty which is ‘wajib’ (compulsory) and required of every Muslim, male or female, young or adult, slave or freeman as long as he/she has the means to do so (meaning having more food (or in kind) than what he/she and his/her household will need for a day).

* Is to provide for the poor and the needy with a means with which to celebrate the festival of ‘Eid al fitr’ along the rest of the Muslims and a token of thankfulness to Allah for having enabled him or her to observed obligatory fast.

* Promotes circulation of wealth and develop bonds of brotherhood, love and trains those who have to be generous to those who do not have within Islamic society.

* Becomes obligatory from last day of Ramadan or 2 days before ‘Eid prayer.

* Is a Saa’ (4 double handfuls of an average size man) of food, grain or dried fruits… per head of each member of the family by the head of the household (regardless of different in income, and new born baby last minute of the last day of Ramadan should be included).

* Your Ramadan fasting will be hanging between earth and heaven till you pay zakat al fitr.

* Zakat al fitr purify you from your indecent act, speech… while fasting that will reduce your rewards.

* Zakat al fitr’ is acceptable for those who give it out before the ‘Eid al fitr prayer but it is ‘sadaqah’ for those who pays it after ‘Eid prayer.

* You will give your zakat al fitr out where you are, during ‘Eid not necessary your home town and somebody can do it on your behalf and to give it out in Umrah is more rewardable.

* Zakat al fitr in cash is not recommended by Allah, Prophet solallahu ‘alayhi wasalam, Sahaba radiyallahu ‘anih and Jurists. We have ‘dinar’ and ‘dirham’ during life time of Prophet salallahu ‘alayhi wasalam and neither he nor his companions used cash to pay zakat al fitr. Also, Zakat alfitr is an Ibadah we should not try and change its form if we want reward from Allah. Note: You can add cash as sadaqah to the food stuff you’re giving out but it is not wajib.

* Beneficiaries of zakat al fitr are; the poor and the needy (regardless of whether they are your relatives in as much their feeding is not ‘wajib’ on you), and collectors of zakat, in reconciling of heart of non-Muslims, freeing slaves, debtors, in Allah’s cause and the travellers may be part of them.

My Brethren! Give zakat al fitr out of food stuff that you will be happy to collect if you are in the position of the poor. “O you who have believed, spend from the good things which you have earned and from that which We have produced for you from the earth. And do not aim toward the defective therefrom, spending [from that] while you would not take it [yourself] except with closed eyes. And know that Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy. (Q2:267). So, give what will make the receiver happy; you will get reward, and you’re reviving the authentic sunnah of the Prophet Solallahu ‘alaih wasalam because the receiver will feel your sincere obedience to Allah and His Messenger sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam by getting what will benefit or useful to them for that period.

Reference: Fatawa Ibn taymiah 25 /74, Fatawa imra’ti muslimah 205, Mugni 1/402, 3/56, Sharhu fatih qadeer, Bukhari 1426 – 1511. Muslim 984 – 986, Daud 1609 – 1629, Sahih fiqh Sunnah 2/79, Jami’ liahkam fiqh Sunnah 2/126.

May Allah grant us understanding and accept it as an act of ‘Ibadah.

ANGELS of Mercy do not enter Some Houses!

Alhamdulillaah wasalaatu wasalaam ‘ala rasulillaah. The angels do not enter a house in which there is:

A. AN IMAGE OF LIVING THINGS 
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasalam said; “The angels do not enter a house in which there is an image.” Al-Bukhari 3226 and Muslim 2106. What is meant by the angels who do not enter a house in which there are images are the angels who go around with mercy, blessings and prayers for forgiveness The words “the angels do not enter” mean: the angels of mercy, not the recording angels or the Angels of death, Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi (8/72).
According to the correct view, this image includes:
1. Those that are hung up to be venerated and respected, as in the case of pictures of kings, presidents, ministers, scholars etc. it is haram
2. Those that are hung up for the sake of memory, such as hanging up pictures of one’s friends, parents etc. it is haram, Muslim 2104
3. Those that are hung up for the purpose of adornment, it is haram. Al-Bukhari, 5610; Muslim, 2107. Sharh Muslim, 14/84, Al-Nihaayah, 4/789, Sharh al-Nasaa’i, 1/141, Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Muhammad ibn Ibraaheem, 1/169, Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi, 8/72, Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh, 85/6, Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 1/705.

B. A DOG
The Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “The angels do not enter a house in which there is a dog or an image.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah. Also, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “Whoever keeps a dog, a qiraat from his good deeds will be deducted every day, except a dog for farming or herding livestock.” Al-Bukhari 2145, Muslim 2978, 2943, Ibn Maajah (3640), Sharh Muslim 10/342; Fath al-Baari, 5/9 Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, 4/241. Al-Nawawi said in Sharh Muslim (10/340) that it is permissible to keep dog in the case of necessity.

C. A BELL
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasalam said: “The angels do not accompany any group with whom there is a dog or a bell.” Muslim 2113, 2114. The bells that are haram are those resembling the church bells of the Christians or have musical sounds. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (26/284), Sharh Riyaadh al-Saaliheen (4/340).
My brethren, if you don’t keep the aforementioned at home what is the consequence?! It is so bad today that some hang picture(s) in the mosque of Allaah – Subhanallah! We are believers, we deserved to be blessed, and we are getting it except those who refuse to welcome it.

May Allah grant us understanding.

My Parent! My Parent!! Bless My Parent…Oh Allaah! (4 of 4)

Hear and Obey the Prophet! Upholding family ties means to behave well with them no matter what they do to us

  • Verily, the relatives of my father are not my allies. Verily, only Allah and the righteous believers are my allies. Yet, they have the bonds of kinship and I will uphold their family ties. Sahih Bukhari 5644
  • The one who keep good relations with his family is not the one who recompenses the good done to him. Rather, the one who keeps good relations with his family is the one who continues to be good to them despite having been cut off by them. Sahih Bukhari 5645
  • He is disgraced! Again, he is disgraced! Again, he is disgraced! It was said, “Who is disgraced, O Messenger of Allah?” The Prophet said: The one who sees his parents grow old, one or both of them, and he does not enter Paradise through them. Sahih Muslim 2551
  • A man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have relatives with whom I try to relate but they cut me off. I treat them well, but they treat me badly. I am forbearing with them, but they are harsh with me.” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: If it is as you say, then it is as if you threw hot ashes at them. There will always remain with you support from Allah that will keep you prominent over them as long as you adhere to this behavior. Sahih Muslim 2558
  • Whoever is pleased to have his provision expanded and his life span extended, then he should keep good relations with his family. Sahih Bukhari 1961.
  • Worship Allah and do not associate anything with him, establish prayer, give in charity, and keep relations with your family. Sahih Bukhari 1332
  • Verily, alms given to the poor is charity. Whatever is given to family members is worth two rewards, one as charity and another as good relations. Sunan An-Nasa’i 2582
  • The parent is the best of the gates of Paradise, so keep to this gate or lose it. Sunan Ibn Majah 3663
  • The maternal aunt has the same status as the mother. Sunan At-Tirmidhi 1904.

Among beauties of Islam, Allaah commands us to treat our parents well in all matters and behave with them kindly. The Quran and Sunnah contain many injunctions calling us to behave well with our parent, even if they are unbelievers, and scholars have compiled these into many works demonstrating the importance of being dutiful and kind to them. Severing family relations is an act of “corruption” that is the symbol of the disobedient and sinful. Healthy family ties begin with “righteousness towards parents”. Allah has commanded us in many verses to be excellent to our parents and has indicated the importance of this deed by stating it in association with the pure worship of Allah alone. Q4:36, Q6:151

Oh Allaah! Bless our parents, forgive them, have mercy on them, unite us in Aljannah…