Q18: What is meant by “Zakat Al Abdan” (zakat on individual persons’ bodies) and how should it be counted, and when and to whom is it distributed?

A18: Zakat Al Abdan — is zakat that should be paid for each individual in the family, not on forms of wealth. A man who has a family which he supports and maintains is obligated to pay — for himself and each of his dependents a measure (sa’) of food to poor Muslims. The time of giving this food as an act of worship begins when the sun of the last day of Ramadhan sets and goes on until people go out for the prayer place on the Fast-breaking Feast day. Its time ends the moment people stand to perform Eid prayer. And Allah knows best.

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