Zakah fitr for unborn child.
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JUST TODAY I AM TOLD BY ME FRIEND THAT IT IS WAJIB TO GIVE ZAKATUL FITR FOR UNBORN BABY (FETUS). PLEASE ADVISE.
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Zakah fitr for unborn child
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To the best of our knowledge, there is nothing in the authentic and established Sunnah which declares that one is liable to pay ‘zakat-ul-fitr’ for an unborn child. If one’s child is born before the Eid prayer, then indeed the guardian/leader of the family would be liable to pay ‘zakat-ul-fitr’ for their infant child. And Allah Alone Knows Best.
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