He gave him a bag of rice; can he give zakat al-fitr from it?


He gave him a
bag of rice; can he give
zakat al-fitr from it?
Someone gave me a big
bag of rice, which is
more than I need. Is it
permissible for me to
give zakat al-fitr from
it on behalf of myself
and my family? Please
note that I can afford to
buy something from my
own wealth.
Published Date:
2016-07-04
Praise be to Allah
There is nothing wrong
with you giving zakat
al-fitr on behalf of
yourself and your
family from that bag of
rice which you received
as a gift, because the
gift becomes the
property of the one to
whom it was given,
which he may dispose of
however he wishes,
whether that is selling
it, giving it away, giving
it in charity and the like.
This has been explained
previously in the
answer to question no.
70272.
Indeed the scholars
(may Allah have mercy
on them) stated that if a
poor person
accumulates from the
zakaah of the rich more
than he and his
dependents need, he
may give zakat al-fitr
from that zakaah that
came to him.
Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may
Allah have mercy on
him) was asked: If a
poor person receives
zakaah al-fitr from
people, can he give his
own zakaah al-fitr from
that which was given to
him, or is that not
permissible?
Answer:
Yes, he may do that, if
what he was given came
to him before Eid, he
(may give his zakat al-
fitr from it). But if what
he was given does not
come to him until after
Eid, he does not have to
do anything, if he is
poor and does not have
anything on the night
before Eid; that is, if he
does not have a saa‘ to
give on his own behalf
or more than that to
give on behalf of
himself and the
members of his
household, because of
the severity of his
poverty. Then in that
case he does not have
to do anything, but if he
is well off enough to be
able to give a saa‘ on
his own behalf and
other saa‘s on behalf of
the members of his
household, he should
keep enough to meet his
own needs on the day of
Eid and the night of Eid,
and give zakat al-fitr
from the remainder on
behalf of himself and of
the members of his
household.
End quote from Fataawa
Noor ‘ala ad-Darb by
Ibn Baaz (15/291)
And Allah knows best.
Islam Q&A

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