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Give Zakat Al-Fitr In Food, Not Cash – Grand Mufti

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, head of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta, reaffirmed that Zakat Al-Fitr should be given in the form of food, not cash, aligning with the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Report from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia says, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Kingdom, Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, who is also, Head of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta, has reaffirmed that Zakat Al-Fitr should be given in the form of food, not cash.

He said, this align with the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“Zakat Al-Fitr is to be given from the foodstuff of humans, such as wheat, rice, raisins, and the like. It is obligatory for a Muslim in the place where the sunset of the last day of Ramadan is witnessed, and it can be given a day or two before Eid,” the Grand Mufti said.

He advised that Zakat Al-Fitr can be distributed from the 28th or 29th of Ramadan and must be delivered directly to the needy or through a designated representative.

The Grand Mufti highlighted that Zakat Al-Fitr is mandated for every Muslim, regardless of age, gender, or status, and is to be given as one sa’ (a traditional Islamic unit of volume) of food. – SG

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