ID ul – FITR comes to imbibe sincere goodwill in man for other human beings, after 30 days and nights of Ramzan have been spent in complete devotion to God.
ID literally means “something that returns, and “Fitr” denotes alms. So this feast, “returns every year to enliven the spirit of almsgiving. It is a harbinger of assisting the needy and sharing with the poor. This is precisely why Allah has made it incumbent on this day to offer FITRAH (a fixed amount of charity) to the poor. FITRAH, which is a fixed amount of charity mandatory for all Muslims to offer to the poor before they perform the prayer of ID ul – FITR. In fact, the ID prayer is not accepted by God, unless Fitrah is pad to the poor. Fitrah is essential and rightful share of the poor I the wealth of every Muslim going to offer ID ul – FITR.
However, there must be complete sincerity and modesty in giving alms to the needy. The Quran exhorts : “The righteous are those who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God” without seeking reward or thanks. Prophet enjoined giving charity in secret rather in the presence of others.
Similarly, there is no worth or virtue in a charity which is followed by an insult or taunt. The Quran says that ‘even a kind word with forgiveness is better than a charity that may cause an insult to the recipient’. The Quran admonishes those who indulge in false and fruitless charity : “O you who believe, do not make your charity worthless by reproach and injury, like him who spends his property to be seen of men and does not believe in Allah and the last day, so his parable is as the parable of a smooth rock with earth upon it, then a heavy rain falls upon it, so it leaves it bare, they shall not be able to gain anything of what they have earned.”
———— Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi (an Islamic Scholar)