The ruling on giving Zakatul-Fitr to the Fiqh Scholar of the Land

Question :
Verily we collect Az-Zakah (i.e., Zakatul-Fitr) and we give it to the Faqih (i.e., Fiqh scholar of the land). Whoever fasts, He must give the Zakatul-Fitr to the Faqih. Are we right in doing so?

Answer :
If this Faqih is trustworthy and he will give it to the poor people, there is no harm in the people giving him their Zakah. however, it is to be given a day or two before the 'Eid and the Faqih should give it out on the day of the 'Eid.
Ash-Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaimin

Tags : fiqya, fiqh scholars, sadqa fitr, zakatul fitr, roza, fast

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