The time that Zakatul-Fitr (obligatory

Q 2: I was entrusted with distributing Zakat-ul-Fitr (obligatory charity paid before the Festival of Breaking the Fast) while young. At that time, I was ignorant about it being obligatory which caused me to waste part of it and deliver it incomplete to those that I was asked to deliver it to. Now, I can pay an amount equal to that which I wasted. Will this be an expiation of the past sins if I pay it now? How can I do this, bearing in mind that I am still provided for by my father although I may sometimes work?

A: You have to repent to Allah and fulfill what you are entrusted to deliver now. As to the expiation of your past sins, you should do your best to give an amount equal to that which you have wasted to the poor and the needy as confirmation of your repentance. You should also ask Allah to accept it and forgive your delay in paying it, for He is indeed the Acceptor of repentance, the Merciful.May Allah grant us success. May blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!