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Ramadan Lessons # 19
Zakat-ul-Fitr Another name for Zakat-ul-Fitr, is Sadaqat
ul-Fitr which is a type of charity or donation. The word Fitr means the same thing as Iftar,
which is the breaking of our fast. So Zakat-ul-Fitr is a type donation which
is only given to the poor people during the end of Ramadan. Zakat-ul-Fitr is a very small amount of donation,
so almost, all Muslims have to pay this to the poor people. Even for little children, their parents have
to pay Zakat Ul Fitr for them. When we all do this, it helps Muslims come
closer to each other. The rich come to the poor people, poor people
come to the extremely poor people. By giving this donation, this is a very good
training for those who are very cheap, although that’s not the main reason for Zakat-ul-Fitr. During the month of Ramadan we try very hard
to fast in the most perfect way but we are all human, we make mistakes and Allah
(T) knows that. So Allah gives us an opportunity to finish
our fasting perfectly by giving Zakat-ul-Fitr to the poor. It is like water for our fasting. When we are fasting we might make an unknown
mistake, but Zakatul fitr will clean that mistake like water, Inshallah. Sometimes we are confused between Zakat and
Zakatul Fitr. There are 4 main differences between Zakat
and Zakatul Fitr. No. 1: For Zakat: Those who have a certain
level of savings or wealth only they have to pay Zakat. For Zakatul Fitr: every Muslim, rich or poor,
man or women, adult or baby have to pay Zakatul Fitr. No. 2: Zakat purifies our money or wealth. But Zakatul Fitr purifies our fasting that
we do in Ramadan. No. 3: we can spend our Zakat money in eight
categories or sections. But we can give our Zakatul Fitr only to the
very poor people. No. 4: Zakat can be given at any time of the
year but Zakatul Fitr has a very limited timeframe. According to Abbas(R), the best time to pay
our Zakatul Fitr is on the morning of Eid Day before Eid prayer. For more information we can see Hadith from:
Sahih al-Bukhari Sahih Muslim
Ahmad an-Nasa`i
Abu Dawood Al-Baihaqee

Jean Kelley