Should I have paid zakat al-fitr on behalf of my parents?
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
Thank you for your question.
Zakat al-Fitr is an obligation on every Muslim who could afford the basic needs for the duration of one day and night. The one who is taking care of the family should give it on behalf of the family members.
Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) said, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) enjoined the payment of one Sa` of dates or one Sa` of barley as Zakat al-Fitr on every Muslim, young and old, male and female…” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
You may pay zakat al-Fitr on behalf of you parents if you love to. However, if, for some reasons, your parents are financially dependent on you, you then have to pay zakat al-fitr on their behalf.
May Allah accept your and our good deeds!
Allah Almighty knows best.
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