Distribute Zakat-ul-Fitr to its

Q 4: What is the opinion of our Shaykh on immediately selling what is paid as Zakat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast)? For example, Zakatul-Fitr paid as a Sa` (1 Sa`=3 kg. Approx.) of foodstuff may be distributed to the poor, who may in turn sell it for money. What is the ruling on those who distribute Zakatul-Fitr as cash money?

A: If the person to whom Zakatul-Fitr is distributed is a deserving person, he may sell it after receiving it as it thus becomes his own property. However, Zakatul-Fitr may not be distributed in cash according to the sound opinion we know which is the opinion of the Jumhur (dominant majority of scholars).May Allah grant us success. May blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!