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Should zakat al-fitr be paid in one’s place of residence or back home?

Should zakat al-fitr be paid in one’s place of residence or back home?

Answer

It is the norm to pay zakat where one lives. If you are a resident in this country, you should pay your zakat here. However, there are many cases where expatriates work in an affluent country where it is difficult to find poor people. In such a situation, there is no harm in sending your zakat to your home country provided you are certain that the poor of the country of your residence can be easily looked after.
This is not a case that applies to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries alone but also to many Muslims living in Europe or America.
And God the Almighty knows best.
 

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