[Video]: Sending Zakāh Al-Fiṭr Overseas | Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaymīn

The Questioner: [The questioner] says whenever I fast Ramaḍān in the Kingdom [of Saʿūdī Arabia], O noble Shaykkh, is it correct to offer the zakāh of fast breaking (zakāh al-fiṭr) on my family’s behalf in my own country due to the presence of more people in need there? Or is it a must that it is offered in the place where an individual has fasted; please benefit us in this regard and may Allāh reward you with good?

Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn: “All praise is due to Allāh the Lord of the creation and I offer supplicate that the prayers of peace and the blessings of Allāh be upon our Prophet Muḥammad the last of the prophets and the leader of those who are mindful of Allāh and may this also extend to his family and companions altogether.

What is best is to offer the zakāh in the land where it was made obligatory regardless of whether this zakāh was the zakāh of fast breaking (zakāh al-fiṭr) or the zakāh due on wealth (zakāh al-māl). However, if there no poor people in the country who are in need, then there is no harm in transporting it to another country. And the scholars –may Allāh have mercy upon them- have differed regarding the issue of transporting it to another land for the sake of a greater benefit.

From among them are those who say that this is lawful and from among them are those who say that this is unlawful except in a situation where there are none who are deserving of receiving the zakāh in the land where the wealth originated or the land of the fasting person upon whom the zakāh of fast breaking (zakāh al-fiṭr) is obligatory.

And since the issue is flexible, then what is upon an individual is to take the necessary precautions for the sake of his religion and offer the zakāh in the place where he is [living] if it was the zakāh of fast breaking (zakāh al-fiṭr) and in the place where the wealth is if it was the zakāh due on wealth (zakāh al-māl). This is what is most deserving of precedence and what is best. Yes.”

Translated By: Abul-Layth Qāsim Mutiva

 

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