Sadaqatul Fitr on Behalf of One's Parents Living With Him

Q: Regarding sadaqatul fitr, a father and mother are living with their son and family. Both parents are getting monthly pension. Do they have to give this sadaqatul fitr separately or should the son (who is wealthy – wife is also earning) give this on behalf of all i.e. his family plus his parents?

A: If both parents are wealthy then it is compulsory for them to discharge the sadaqatul fitr. However, it is permissible for the son to discharge the sadaqatul fitr with their consent.

تجب على حر مسلم مكلف مالك لنصاب أو قيمته وإن لم يحل عليه الحول عند طلوع فجر يوم الفطر ولم يكن للتجارة فارغ عن الدين وحاجته الأصلية وحوائج عياله والمعتبر فيها الكفاية لا التقدير وهي مسكنه وأثاثه وثيابه وفرسه وسلاحه وعبيده للخدمة (مراقي الفلاح مع حاشية الطحطاوى ص723, الدر المختار مع رد المحتار 2/358)

ولا يجوز أن يعطي عن غير عياله إلا بأمره كذا في المحيط (الفتاوى الهندية 1/193)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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