What should I do if I forgot to pay zakat al fitr?

What should I do if I forgot to pay zakat al fitr?

Zakat ul Fitr covers any shortcomings in your fasting during Ramadan

Abdullah ibn Abbas narrated May Allah be pleased with him said:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) prescribed the sadaqah of fitr (alms  relating to the breaking of the fast) as a purification of the fasting from useless and obscene talk and as food for the poor. If anyone pays it before the prayer (of Eid), it will be accepted as zakat. If anyone pays it after the prayer, that will be a sadaqah like other sadaqahs (alms). (Abu Dawoud)

If your forget to do something, the best thing is to do them as soon as you remember.

“Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error” [al-Baqarah 2:286]

If you forgot to pay zakat al fitr before the Eid salah, pay is afterwards and ask Allah Almighty to accept it from you. As per the hadith it will not count as zakat al fitr, it will count as sadaqah.

Next time be careful not to repeat this mistake by setting a reminder to yourself. This is an obligation so try your best to fulfil it. The purpose of zakat ul fitr is to spare people from having to beg on the day of Eid, so if you did not give it before Eid, it did not fulfil the purpose.

وعن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما قال: قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم-: “أغنوهم في هذا اليوم”
رواه الدارقطني والبيهقي.

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Spare them (from begging) on this day.” (al-Daraqutni and al-Bayhaqi)

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.