Today is the 18th Ramadhan 1435 and as part of our Ramadhan Activities we have been learning about what foods can be given as Zakat ul-Fitr.
We read through different ahadeeth which gave details of what the Messenger of Allah, sall’Allahu alayhi wasalam and the Sahabah gave as Zakat ul-Fitr. This included:
- dried cheese/yogurt
We then read the opinions of some of the scholars of the past and present who mentioned that those paying Zakat ul-Fitr should give the food that is common in the land even if that includes milk, fish, meat, rice, flour and so on.
Based on this, I created an activity for my children which includes a reading file containing the ahadeeth and statements of the scholars regarding the types of food that can be given as Zakat ul-Fitr as well as a set of images of different types of food that can be cut out and used to make a poster or collage. You can download the file HERE.
When the kids had finished making their collage poster we talked about feeding the poor and how the one who is unable to fast is allowed to feed a poor person to compensate for the days that he cannot fast (due to permanent illness or old age).
We also looked at the ayat from Surah Al-Insaan which mentions the reward awaiting those who feed the poor out of sincerity and love for Allah’s Pleasure.
I also shared this quote with my children regarding the generous and kind treatment of the poor by the Salaf:
It is reported that Hammâd b. Abî Sulaymân was a wealthy man, he used to provide iftâr (meal to end the fast) for five hundred people in Ramadân, and would give each of them one hundred dirham after ‘Eid.
It is also reported that he used to provide iftâr for fifty poor people a day in Ramadân, and on the eve of ‘Eid he would give each of them clothes to wear.
[Al-Dhahabî, Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ`, in his biography of Hammâd b. Abî Sulaymân]
Afterwards my son completed a page from his Ramadhan Notebook.
And this afternoon we read this news article from the Yorkshire Evening Post about the Youth Network at Baab-Ul Ilm Centre in Leeds who have been running a project with children collecting donations of food for their local food bank to help feed poor families in their local community.