Zakaat al-Fitrah

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Fitra becomes incumbent when the new moon of Shawwal is sighted. This is known as Zakat of Fitra, which is payable by every Baligh person for oneself and all dependents, temporary or otherwise, regardless of gender and age. It is also Mustahab to pay Fitra for an unborn child. Fitra has been set for £5 per head and will be distributed to the needy, first locally and then abroad. The KSIMC of London will disburse on Eid day as per Sharia requirements.

See some FAQ below:

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According to the Shariah, Fitra becomes incumbent when the new moon of Shawwal is sighted. This is known as Zakat of Fitra, which is payable by every Baligh person for oneself and all dependents, temporary or otherwise, regardless of gender and age. It is also Mustahab to pay Fitra for an unborn child. Fitra has been set for £5 per head and will be distributed to the needy, first locally and then abroad. The KSIMC of London will disburse on Eid day as per Sharia requirements. See some FAQ below:

What is Zakat al-Fitrah?

Zakat al-Fitrah is an obligatory annual tax and is due after the month of fasting. Because Zakat al-Fitrah is an act of worship, it must be paid with the intention of seeking nearness to Allah (swt), as is the case with the Zakat on wealth.

What is mentioned about Zakaat in the Ahadith?

Imam al-Baqir (a) said, “Indeed Allah Almighty coupled zakat with prayer; thus He said, ‘Establish the prayer and give the zakat.’ So whoever establishes the prayer but did not give zakat, it is as if he did not establish the prayer.” (Wasa’il as-Shi’a, vol. 6, pg 11) Imam Musa al-Kadhim (a) said,

“Protect your wealth by [paying] zakat.”

(Wasa’il as-Shi’a, vol. 6, pg 4)

Imam as-Sadiq (a) said,

“(Zakaat) Al-Fitrah is obligated by whatever obligates Zakat.”

(Wasa’il as-Shi’a, vol. 6, pg 226)

When is Zakat al-Fitrah due?

If a person performs the ‘Eid prayers, then based on obligatory precaution, he must give Fitrah before ‘Eid day prayers. However, if he does not perform ‘Eid day prayers, then he can delay giving Fitrah until the time of Dhohr prayers on the day of ‘Eid al-Fitr.

Upon whom is Zakat al-Fitrah obligated? 

  • A person who at the time of sunset on the night of ‘Eid at Fitr is baligh, sane, not unconscious or poor, must give on his behalf and on behalf of those who are dependent on him, one Sa’ – approximately three kilograms – of food per head to someone who is entitled to receive the zakat. The food that he gives must be considered to be a staple food in his town and it suffices that he gives the food’s monetary value instead, which in the UK is set at £5.
  • If a person cannot meet his and his family’s living expenses for one year and does not have an occupation by which he can meet those expenses for one year, then such a person is classed as a poor person and it its not obligatory on him to give Zakat al-Fitrah.
  • It is obligatory on one to give the Fitrah of a guest who arrives at his house before sunset on the eve of ‘Eid al-Fitr and spends the night at his place and is considered to be his dependent, albeit temporarily. If a person is invited to break his fast (Iftar) on the night of ‘Eid al-Fitr, he is not considered to be the host’s dependent and the guest’s Fitrah is not the responsibility of the host.
  • A person whose Fitrah is obligatory to be paid by another person is not obligated to give his Fitrah himself. However, if the other person does not or cannot give his Fitrah, then based on precaution, it becomes obligatory on him to give his own Fitrah provided he falls into the conditions mentioned above in point 1.
  • If your Fitrah is obligatory on another person and you decide to give your own Fitrah, the obligation on the one who must give is it not exempted and must still pay it.

Who is your Zakaat al-Fitrah distributed to?

  • Zakaat al-Fitrah is only given to the poor, those believers to satisfy the criteria of being unable to meet their living expenses for one year, unable to pay off their debts and who will not use the money or food stuffs for sinful purposes.
  • It will first be provided to those believers in your own town, if not in your area or country. In the event that there are no poor Shi’a in one’s town, it can be given to other Muslims who meet the criteria, so long as they are not a Nasibi– a hater of the holy Ahl al-Bayt (a).
  • It is recommended that in giving Zakat al-Fitrah one should prefer his poor relatives and neighbours first and the learned and virtuous persons over others.
  • A Sayyid cannot accept Zakat from someone who is not a Sayyid except in case of necessity, such as when his expenses cannot be met by other religious funds such as Khums. Zakat can be given to a person whom one does not know whether he is Sayyid or not.

What happens if I sponsor an orphan somewhere in the world?

It is obligatory for sponsors to pay the Zakaat al-Fitrah of the orphan or person he is sponsoring. The payment should be in proportion to the amount of the child’s sustenance which the sponsor covers. As a precaution the sponsor may pay the full amount of the Zakat.

What happens when I have paid my Zakat al-Fitrah?

The Prophet Muhammad (s) said,

“Give charity, for surely giving charity increases wealth substantially; so give and may Allah (swt) have mercy upon you.”

(Wasa’il as-Shi’a, vol. 6, pg 257)

For any other questions, please email aalim@hujjat.org

   
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Shahr Ramadhan 1441 Creative Competition SUMMARY AND FEEDBACK

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This Shahr Ramadhan, the Hujjat Education team organised weekly creative competitions, based on the theme of that week. Alhamdulillah the response we had to this initiative was heart-warming, with so many people from a variety of different age groups submitting beautifully crafted drawings and paintings, thought-provoking and lyrical poems, video presentations, models, and more! Congratulations to all those who took part, but in particular to our winners:

Week 1 – Habeeb and Yusuf Tharoo with their model depicting the theme of Ummah and Unity

Week 2 – Maimuna Fazal with her poem ‘Oh Fast’ on the theme of Connecting to Allah through bettering our Siyam

Week 3 – Muhammad Mahdi Hasan for his poem ‘Living with the Qur’an’ on the theme of Connecting to Allah through the Holy Qur’an

Thank you to all those of you who called us, and sent us messages, to tell us how much you all enjoyed our weekly themes and live sessions, as well as taking part in these competitions – and how much you all benefitted! Here is a summary of the feedback we have received:

There were lots of competitions to choose from this Mahe Ramadhan but I felt the simplicity and expanse of your competitions, and your enthusiasm in showing them on the live sessions, really encouraged us. Thank you. Fatima

Thank you Hujjat for having such wonderful competition every week. Each week we were able to learn more and more about our religion in a way that our whole family enjoyed. It allowed us to expand our knowledge by opening the Holy Quran and we got to live the Quran in the holy month of Ramadan. We hope that we can continue the journey of increasing our knowledge outside the holy month. Looking forward for more fun competitions in the future. Thank you to the Hujjat team for making our Ramadan quarantine special. Shirin

The competition was an opportunity to express the need of a community to come together during a difficult period to express their love for a Deen that always is a source of guidance. Just want to express deepest gratitude for all who have worked so hard to make everything possible and pray for the Taqwa of all of manifest itself throughout one’s lifetime and beyond. Maimuna

We as a family really learnt a lot from the sessions – we as a family got to work and build our Islamic Knowledge by opening up the Quran more then we usually do and learn more about Allah’s mercy and love – and find amazing verses that can help us daily in our lives. My daughter learnt a lot about the nights of Laylatul Qadr, older children learnt how Allah speaks to and guides us through the Quran. Alhumdullah, this Ramadhan we felt we really got to reflect on the Quran and Inshallah we will all try our best to live by the Quran. Sukaina

Please do take some time to appreciate the hard work and thought that went into each carefully crafted entry!

CLICK HERE to view the entries on the theme of Ummah and Unity

CLICK HERE to view the entries on the theme of Connecting to Allah through bettering our Siyam

CLICK HERE to view the entries on the theme of Connecting to Allah through the Holy Qur’an

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Ramadhan Creative Competition Entries – Week 2

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Alhamdulillah we had yet another fantastic selection of entries for the second week of our Ramadhan Creative competition, focussing on the theme of Connecting to Allah through bettering our Siyam. Congratulations to all those who took part! Click HERE to see all the amazing work, including beautifully designed posters, thought-provoking poems, and fantastic videos!

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Congratulations to you all on the birth anniversary of our holy second Imam (as)!

Imam Hasan (as) once said: ‘If you fail to obtain something of worldly benefit, take it as if the thought of it had never crossed your mind at all.’

Allamah Tabatabai writes: Imam Hasan Mujtaba, upon whom be peace, was the second Imam. He and his brother Imam Husayn were the two sons of Amir al-Mu’minin `Ali and Hadrat Fatimah, the daughter of the Prophet. Many times the Prophet had said, “Hasan and Husayn are my children.” Because of these same words `Ali would say to his other children, “You are my children and Hasan and Husayn are the children of the Prophet.”

…Imam Hasan was reminiscent of his father and a perfect example of his noble grandfather. In fact, as long as the Prophet was alive, he and his brother were always in the company of the Prophet who even sometimes would carry them on his shoulders. Both Sunni and Shi`ite sources have transmitted this saying of the Holy Prophet concerning Hasan and Husayn: “These two children of mine are Imams (leaders) whether they stand up or sit down” (allusion to whether they occupy the external function of caliphate or not). Also, there are many traditions of the Holy Prophet and `Ali concerning the fact that Imam Hasan would gain the function of Imamate after his noble father.

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