Q/A Paying Zakaatul-Fitr to a Representative


Paying Money to a Wikaalah (Representative) for Zakaatul-Fitr

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Abul-‘Abbaas Moosaa Richardson

It’s known that disbursing Zaakat at-Fitr in form of money is impermissible and the fataawa of Ahlul Ilm in this case are many. But is it permissible if I give money to some person and that person buys food for the poor and gives it as Zakat al-fitr on my behalf?

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[Q]: It’s known that disbursing Zaakat at-Fitr in form of money is impermissible and the fataawa of Ahlul Ilm in this case are many. But is it permissible if I give money to some person and that person buys food for the poor and gives it as Zakat al-fitr on my behalf?

[A]: It is important to note that these fatawaa are referring specifically to zakaah al-fitr being discharged in the form of money to the poor people.

It does not address the issue of someone paying another person to buy food for him and distribute it as food.  In this case, a person has actually distributed his zakaah al-fitr in food; just through a representative (called wikaalah), which is permissible.

We must classify the organizations or masjids which offer a service for zakaah al-fitr into the following categories:

(1) Some of them are distributing it as money to the poor people.

(2) Others are distributing the zakaah as food to the poor people, but it is done AFTER the ‘Eed prayer (whether intentional or due to negligence).

(3) And others are buying food for people and distributing it to the poor people before the ‘eed prayer on their behalf.

#3 is the only service that properly distributes the zakaah Al-Fitr.  #1 and #2 could not be considered zakaah al-fitr; rather they would be counted as general charities.

And Allaah knows best.


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