FAQ on Zakāt al-Fitrah
Q. What is Zakāt al-Fitrah?
A: It is religious tax/alms (zakāt) paid on the day when Muslims break (fatar) the fasting period at the end of the month of Ramadān. This tax/alms is known as Zakāt al-Fitrah.
Q. What do the Qur’an and Hadith say about Zakāt al-Fitrah?
A: Imams (as) say that one…
"Know that the loss of anything of this world will not harm you if you have guarded the principles of your religion."
"Train your children in three things: the love of your Prophet, the love of his progeny, and the recitation of the Qur’an."
"The Muslim believer whose calls were not answered by Allah in this world will wish that none of them would have been accepted when in the Hereafter, he sees the abundance of rewards given to him for their not being answered and for suffering the troubles in the world."
"If Allah had wanted to create Adam from a light whose glare would have dazzled the eyes, whose handsomeness would have amazed the wits, and whose smell would have caught the breath, He could have done so; and if He had done so, people would have bowed to him in humility and the trial of the angels through him would have become easier. But Allah, the Glorified, tries His creatures by means of those things whose real nature they do not know in order to distinguish good and bad for them through the trial, and to remove vanity from them and keep them aloof from pride and self-admiration."
"We ask from Allah not to deprive us from understanding your status."
"O Allah, I ask You as the one whose poverty is extreme, and who has stated to You in difficulties his need, and whose desire for what is with You has become great."
"[Oh Allah], let us be with him (Imam Mahdi) when he makes peace and frees mankind from fear, gives currency to love and kindness, brings bliss and happiness, spreads goodness and virtue"
"Whenever a man performs his prayer hastily, God will say: My servant made haste in his prayer, does he think that his needs are in the hands of anyone but Me?"
"And He it is Who sends down the rain after they have despaired, and He unfolds His mercy; and He is the Guardian, the Praised One."
When the Noble Prophet (S) shook hands with someone, he would never withdraw his hand until the other person withdrew his hand first and when he was occupied with someone in fulfilling his needs or conversing with him, he would never leave until the person himself left first. When someone was talking with him he (S) would not become silent until he became silent, and he was never seen stretching his leg forward in front of the person sitting with him. He did not choose between two options except that which was the more difficult of the two.
He would never avenge himself for any wrongdoing until it violated the sacred ordinances of Allah, at which point he would become angry for the sake of Allah (SwT). He never ate while leaning (on anything) until he left this world. He was never asked for a thing to which he replied: “No”; and he never turned away a needy beggar without giving to him what he needed or (if he did not have it) saying some kind words. His prayer was the lightest. His sermons were the shortest and the least irrelevant. He would be recognized by his fragrance when he approached.
When he ate with a group of people, he would be the first to start and the last to stop eating. When he ate, he would eat from what was in front of him and if there were dry dates or fresh dates would he would extend his hand (to take from it). When he would drink, he drank in three draughts, and he would drink water in sips and would not gulp it down. He used his right hand for his food and his left hand he used for anything other than that. He loved to begin with the right side in all his affairs, from wearing clothes to putting on shoes to combing his hair.
When he called out, he would call out thrice. When he spoke he spoke concisely and when he sought permission to enter he did it three times. His speech was clear and simple such that whoever heard it understood it and when he spoke, it would be as though light was coming out from between his front teeth, so that if you saw him you would say: He has a gap between his teeth, but actually he did not.
He would look with short glances (without staring), and he would not talk to anyone about a thing that he disliked. When he walked he would raise his feet as though he was descending a declivity. He would say: “The best from among you are those with the best akhlaq.” He would neither criticize the taste of food nor praise it. His companions would not dispute with each other in his presence. Whoever spoke of him would say: “I have never seen anyone like him, neither before him nor after him.”"