Eid is the most celebrated festival of Muslims. Eid-ul-Fitr comes after Muslims complete fasting in the holy month of Ramadan. However, this Eid is not as same as previous ones.
The pandemic of coronavirus is wreaking havoc on people across the world. The most affected are the ones with meager financial capabilities. In short, the indigents and poor are in need of you on this Eid.
Eid is the festival in which Muslims share happiness. Elders give EIDI (sum of money) to children. Mom and aunt cook delicious foods and relatives meet and greet each other. However, in this period of joy, we often forget some of our impoverished neighbors, people living across streets, or in the remote areas.
As a Muslim, it is our duty to look upon the indigents one. To our utter dismay, the lockdown and halt in economic activities due COVID-19 have further deteriorated the condition of poverty-stricken people.
Islam about the ones in need
Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar said that the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered the people to pay Zakat al Fitr before going to the Eid prayer. (Hadith, Bukhari)
Fitarana is obligatory on every Muslim adult Muslim who maintains food above their needs must pay zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana). Moreover, the head of the family can also pay Zakat al-Fitr for his children, servants, and any relatives.
The Zakat al-Fitr is to be paid during Ramadan or before Eid al-Fitr prayers; so that, the needy ones can relish the day of Eid. The minimum amount due is the equivalent of around 2 kg of rice, wheat flour, etc; this becomes early £5/US$7 per head.
This is how pya your Zakat ul Fitrana vigilantly so that the real needy ones get to appreciate your Zakat.
Furthermore, generally, Islam orders us to take care of those in need. Besides, Islam discourages showing while aiding others.
Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and then do not follow up what they have spent with reminders [of it] or [other] injury will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve. (Surah Al Baqrah-262)
Give those who can’t ask
One must find those who are in need but could not ask out of their self-respect. Our world abounds with such people. Finding them on this eid and giving them our charities can be the nobles of the act that we could perform.
[Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the cause of Allah, unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it. (Surah Al Baqrah -273)
What you can do?
After seeking those in need, you may provide EIDI (sum of money) to their children. Buy them clothes, provide rationing, and many more. Most of these people in these times of financial crisis need you and your support. This is what Islam tells Muslims to adhere to as Allah loves the gracious ones.
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