The time for giving out zakat-ul-fi...

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The time for giving out zakat-ul-fitr


When should one give out zakat-ul-fitr? 


- According to Hanafi scholars, zakat-ul-fitr becomes obligatory upon the arrival of dawn of the day of 'Eid.

- Shafi'i and Hanbali scholars maintained that its payment becomes obligatory upon sunset of the last day of Ramadan.

- Maliki and Hanbali scholars permitted its payment two days before its time due to the words of Ibn 'Umar (may God be pleased with them both) who said, "They [the Companions] used to give out zakat-ul-fitr one or two days before the 'Eid."

And God Almighty knows best.

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