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The Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s rulings on Zakat of Fitrah

Ayatollah Sistani's rulings on Zakat of Fitrah

SHAFAQNA- Islamic laws on Zakat Al-Fitrah based on Tawdih Al-Masaʾil of His Eminence Al-Seyyed Ali Al-Hussaini Al-Sistani (may Allah (SWT) protect him).

Ruling 1999. At the time of sunset of eve of Eid-ul-Fitr (i.e. the night before Eid Day), whoever is adult and sane and is neither unconscious, nor poor, nor the slave of another, he should put aside, on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents, about three kilos per head of wheat or barley or dates or raisins or rice or millet etc. It is also sufficient if he pays the price of one of these items in cash. As per obligatory precaution, he should not give from that food which is not staple in his place, even if it be wheat, barley, dates or raisins.

Ruling 2000.
 If a person is not in a position to meet his own expenses, as well as those of his family, for a period of one year, and has also no one who can meet these expenses, then he is a poor person, and it is not obligatory on him to pay Zakat of fitrah.

Ruling 2001.
 One should pay Fitrah on behalf of all those persons who are treated as his dependents at his house on the nightfall of Eid ul fitr, whether they be young or old, Muslims or non-Muslims; irrespective of whether or not it is obligatory on him to maintain them, and whether they are in his own town or in some other town.

Ruling 2002.
 If a person appoints his dependent who is in another town, to pay his own fitrah from his property, and is satisfied that he will pay the fitrah, it will not be necessary for the person to pay that dependent’s fitrah.

Ruling 2003.
It is obligatory to pay the fitrah of a guest who arrives at his house before sunset on Eid-ul-Fitr night, with his consent, and he becomes his temporary dependent .

Ruling 2004.
The fitrah of a guest who arrives at his house on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr before sunset, without his consent, and stays with him for some time, is also, as per obligatory precaution, Wajib upon the host. Similarly, if he is forced to maintain someone, his fitrah will also be obligatory upon him.

Ruling 2005.
If a guest arrives after sunset on Eid-ul-Fitr night, and is considered to be dependent upon the master of the house, payment of his fitrah is obligatory on the master of the house, as an obligatory precaution; but otherwise it is not obligatory, even if he may have invited him before sunset and may have broken his fast at his house.

Ruling 2006.
If a person is insane at the time of sunset on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr, and his insanity continues till Zuhr on Eid-ul-Fitr, it is not obligatory on him to pay the fitrah. Otherwise it is necessary for him as an obligatory precaution to give fitrah.

Ruling 2007.
 If a child becomes baligh, or an insane person becomes sane, or a poor person becomes self sufficient during sunset, and satisfies the conditions of fitrah becoming obligatory on him, he should give fitrah.

Ruling 2008.
 If it is not obligatory on a person to pay fitrah at the time of sunset on the night of Eid ul fitr, but necessary conditions making fitrah obligatory on him develop before Zuhr on Eid day, the obligatory precaution is that he should pay fitrah.

Ruling 2009.
If a non-Muslim becomes a Muslim after the sunset on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr, it is not obligatory on him to pay fitrah. But if a Muslim who was not a Sh’a becomes a Shia after sighting the moon, he should pay fitrah.

Ruling 2010.
It is Mustahab that a person who affords only one Sa’a (about 3 kilos) of wheat etc. should also pay fitrah. And if he has family members and wishes to pay their fitrah as well, he can give that one sa’a to one of his family members with the intention of fitrah and that member can give it to another family member, and so on, till the turn of the last person comes; and it is better that the last person gives what he receives to a person who is not one of them. And if one of them is a minor, his guardian can take fitrah on his behalf, and the precaution is the thing taken for the minor should not be given to anyone else.

Ruling 2011.
 If one’s child is born after the sunset on the night of Eid ul fitr, it is not obligatory to give its fitrah. However, the obligatory precaution is that one should pay the fitrah of all those who are considered one’s dependents after sunset, till before the Zuhr of Eid.

Ruling 2012.
 If one who was dependent of a person, and becomes dependent of another before sunset, fitrah is obligatory on the other person whose dependent one has become. For example, if one’s daughter goes to her husband’s house before sunset, her husband should pay her fitrah.

Ruling 2013.
 If the fitrah of a person is obligatory on another person, it is not obligatory on him to give his fitrah himself.

Ruling 2014.
 If it is obligatory on a person to pay the fitrah of another person, but he does not pay it, its payment will be, as an obligatory precaution, obligatory on the latter. So, if all the conditions mentioned in rule 1999 are fulfilled, he must pay his own fitrah.

Ruling 2015.
 If it is obligatory on a person to pay the fitrah of another person, his obligation will not end if the latter himself pays his own fitrah.

Ruling 2016.
 In the case of a wife who is not maintained by her husband, is she is dependent upon someone else, that person will have to pay her fitrah. But if she is not dependent on anyone else, she will pay her own fitrah if she is not poor.

Ruling 2017.
A person, who is not a Sayyid, cannot give Fitra to a Seyyed, and if that Seyyed is his dependent, he cannot give to another Seyyed either.

Ruling 2018.
 The fitrah of a child who sucks the milk of its mother or a nurse, is payable by one who bears the expenses of the mother or the nurse. But, if the mother or the nurse is maintained by the property of the child itself, payment of fitrah for the child is not obligatory on any one.

Ruling 2019.
Even if a person maintains the members of his family by Haram means, he should pay their fitrah out of halal property.

Ruling 2020.
 If a person employs someone like a carpenter, or a servant, and agrees to maintain him fully, he should pay his fitrah as well. But if he agrees that he would pay him for his labour, it is not obligatory on him to pay his fitrah.

Ruling 2021.
If a person dies before sunset on the night of Eid-ul-Fitr, it is not Wajib to pay his fitrah or that of his family, from his estate. But if he dies after sunset, it is commonly held that fitrah will be obligatory, but it is not devoid of Ishkal. However, it is better to act on precaution, and pay his fitrah as well as that of his family.

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