Giving children a gift on the Day of `Eid

Q 2: In our country, we are used to giving the young children a little sum of money as a gift on the days of `Eid-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) and `Eid-ul-Adha (the Festival of the Sacrifice) to make them happy. What is the ruling on this gift? Is it considered a Bid`ah (innovation in religion)? Please advise, may Allah guide you.

A: There is no harm in this. It is a good habit; and bringing happiness to the Muslims, whether young or old, is something encouraged by the sanctified Shari`ah (Islamic law). (Part No. 26; Page No. 348) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.