TheRamadhanBaby #29 ZAKATUL FITR

In our deen, we have Zakat of money, gold, silver, livestock but Zakatul Fitr is unique in that it is incumbent upon Muslims be they male or female, young or old, slaves or free.
It is a measure of staple food given to the needy at the end of Ramadhan but BEFORE EID.

A Sa’a of food equals 4 Mudd(handfuls) of grain, legumes, dried dates etc is distributed to the poor. Heads of families can pay for themselves then their family. Individuals can pay for themselves.

It is against the Sunnah to use money. This is based on evidences such as:

– Hadith of Ibn Umar, Ibn Abbas and Abu Sa’eed al Khudri: The Prophet legislated a Sa’a of date, barley, wheat and dry yoghurt.[Bukhari, Muslim]

-Hadith of Ibn Abbas, the Prophet made Zakaatul Fitr as purification for the fasting Muslims and FOOD for the poor. [Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud]

In Allah’s wisdom, this commandment ensures food goes round the community and everyone can celebrate without having to beg. It fosters love among family and neighbours and ensures social justice.

Dear brother and sister, kindly pay your Zakatul fitr with the staple in your locality and ensure you do so before Eid.

P.S.
The Sultan of Sokoto has announced that Friday the 17th of July, 2015 is Eid-l-Fitr 1436A.H as the moon has been sighted in Sokoto.
Eid Mubarak! Taqabalallah mina wa minkum (May Allah accept it from us and from you.)
Amin

TheRamadhanBaby #13 THE PRESCRIPTION

THE PRESCRIPTION

It’s nearing the middle already. Not a bad time to remind one another about the true essence of the season.

Many of us have heard the following verse over and over again. We may even know it by heart already. Beyond the beautiful rhythm lies an important message. That Ramadhan is not about you. The exercise is done for Allah alone because He has PRESCRIBED it for us. He has made it a cure for our bodies and minds.

“يَٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious)
(Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183)

How many patients disregard the prescriptions of their doctors? Few!
This is because the sick person trusts those who have the training to care for him. He thus obeys their instructions and takes his medicine at the appointed times.

This is how we should view Ramadhan. A prescription from the the One who loves us so much He commands us to do things that are for our own good. If we go on to read and reflect on the subsequent verses, we would understand this better.

It thus behooves on us to make all our deeds in this month (and afterwards) for His sake and pleasure alone.