It is not necessary to always know the wisdom behind the obligatory actions. What’s important is to understand what we are required to do, how can we do it and where can we find the method of performing this action.
Understanding the wisdom behind Zakat al-Fitr or also known as Sadaqat ul Fitr is very easy to understand.
- Zakat purifies one’s wealth, Zakat al-Fitr purifies fasting body.
- It purifies a fasting person from minor mistakes during Ramadan.
- It provides food for the poor and needy during the time of celebrations i.e. Eid al-Fitr.
It is narrated by Ibn ’Abbas (Radi Allah Anhu):
“The Messenger of Allah enjoined Zakat-ul-Fitr on the one who fasts (i.e. fasted during the month of Ramadan) to purify him from any indecent act or speech and for the purpose of providing food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who pays it before the Eid prayer and it is Sadaqah (i.e. voluntary charity) for the person who pays it after the Eid prayer.’ (Abu Dawud)
Even though it looks like that the beneficiaries of Sadaqat ul Fitr are poor and needy but, the real beneficiaries are ourselves. Our sins are being forgiven and our status is being raised in front of Allah.
We ask Allah to accept all our prayers, sadaqat, zakat and all the good deeds. May Allah make this donation an avenue of forgiveness for us, our parents and our family. Ameen.