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« on: May 04, 2022, 02:37:01 am »
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What is the difference please?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2022, 02:38:15 am »
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Zakah is charity from the well-to-do or those who are financially stable to the poor and needy, which can be given at any time of the year.   Zakah-al-fitra is charity paid by those who can afford it to the poor specifically during the month of Ramadan to ease  their financial burden. 
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Can I pay both these 2 charities together during Ramadan?   What would be the amount for each?
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Yes of course one can pay together if one can afford it.  No fixed amounts stated in the Noble Quran.  One is to pay as much as they can afford without burdening themselves or depriving their families.  If one is poor, they should be categorized as the recipients rather than the givers. 

Of course, one must not be negligent or stingy.  If a person has fairly large assets and a good stable job, they should have the conscience of paying more than someone else of lesser means would pay. 

Also, if you are paying through an organization and not directly to a needy person or family, then make sure that organization is reliable. 
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Currently many of our masjids ask for donations in the name of Zakah for their own upkeep because they receive little or no funding from governments.  Can donating to them be considered Zakah? 
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I think yes, if a masjid does really run on donations from the Muslim community and gets little or no financial support from governments and private sectors, then that donation could be categorized as Zakah.  However, it's always wise to do a little research beforehand that whichever organization you are donating (to fulfil your responsibility of Zakah) is truthful and reliable.  If you have enough evidence that they are honest, that they really spend donations for the necessary upkeep of the masjid, and not as superfluous money for a higher life for themselves and their families, then donate to them by all means.   That could be categorized as Zakah as far as my knowledge goes.   Of course, if any recipient misuses such money by betraying the trust of the giver, the former will have to answer to Allah Almighty on the Day of Judgement.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2022, 03:06:34 am »
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Thank you very much Sister Ruhi Rose.
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The charity of Eid al-Fitrah and Zakah al-Fitrah are the same, right?   To be paid in the month of Ramadan shortly before Eid al-Fitr for assisting the poor with their expenses.   But our jurists distinguish between these 2 charities.  While they collect Zakah al-Fitra any time in the month of Ramadan, they firmly state that Eid al-Fitra @ $10/per each family member must be paid on Eid day prior to Eid salah.  According to them this is fard.  First of all I want to ask since Eid is not mentioned in the Quran at all, how charity for celebrating Eid of the poor be fard?  Secondly, most people pay their regular Zakah charity in the blessed month of Ramadan.  Therefor, they pay their regular Zakah plus Zakah al-Fitra plus Eid al-Fitra for their entire family.  Although we are told we can pay any amount for Zakah and Zakah al-Fitra, we are usually expected to pay in 100s for our effort to be appreciated.  That could amount to quite a lot of money to be spent in one month.  How could an average person afford it?   No one leaves any margins for that.  I mean, it's not necessary that only the very, very poor can't afford to pay.  But with cost of living as high as it is now and salary scales still low comparatively, even average working person may have problems paying that much.    Any comments.
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I agree with your analysis Yasmina Nawal.  Moreover yes, fundraising can be quite pushy with many of our institutions when even those with meagre financial resources sometimes feel they are left with no choice but to pay somewhat beyond their means.  But I think those guys (the fundraisers) don't really mean to be pushy.  As we have always maintained, one will simply have to set aside those expectations of recipients and give whatever they can afford without financially pressuring themselves.  The only thing to remember is not to pretend to be more resourceless than what one may actually be in order to nurture a desire for hoarding.  Certainly, a certain amount of saving (depending on the size of one's family) is absolutely necessary for financial security for one never knows what might happen the following day or week.  But obsessive hoarding just for the heck of it is bad habit and often becomes an obstacle on the way of giving charity.  That should be avoided.  Other than that, if one is honest to oneself and they genuinely feel they could be pressured financially if they pay as much as expected (which isn't rare unfortunately), then they simply give whatever their humble bank account can handle without causing them problems.  It's that simple.   Allah Almighty knows perfectly well as to who is genuine and who is feigning.  So if we are honest to ourselves, we don't need to worry.  Just give whatever you can afford for the month of Ramadan or for the year.
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جَزَاكَ ٱللَّٰهُ خَيْرًا
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