By the Noble Shaykh Saleh ibn Fawzan al-Fawzan
Translated by AbuAbdulMalik
All praise is due to Allah who by His Favour has completed Righteousness, and Peace and Blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad who was the first of the predecessors to guide towards good. And Peace and Blessings be upon his progeny and his Companions, and whomsoever hold on to his Sunnah until the Day of Resurrection. Know that Allah (subhaanahua wa ta a’laa) has made Sadaqat’ul Fitr the seal of Fasting and we praise Him (Allah) for giving us this perfect realization. We ask Allah to accept from us and to make us from those who are protected from the Fire in the end. (Ameen)
The Obligation of Giving Sadaqat’ul Fitr
O Muslims, Allah (subhaanahua wa ta a’laa) has set for you at the end of this great Month religious acts of worship that would increase you all in closeness to Him (subhaanahua wa ta a’laa). For Allah has set for you Sadaqat’ul Fitr as a purification for those who fasted from vain speech and sins. The Messenger of Allah (sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has made it compulsory upon the young and old, the male and female, the liberated slave and the servant. Sadaqat’ul Fitr is a purification for the body, food given to the poor, and comfort to the needy. The Muslim man is required to give Sadaqat’ul Fitr on behalf of himself, as well as those who are under his care such as his wife, children, family, etc. It is upon him to give Sadaqat’ul Fitr for each one of them, and it is even recommended that an individual fulfills it for his unborn child.