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Sadaqa al-fitr can be given as soon as Ramadan commences. Scholars, in addition, have recommended its payment at least a couple of days prior to Eid, in accordance with its aim of assisting the poor in acquiring their needs. Delaying its payment until after the first day of Eid is inappropriate. Nonetheless, given that it has been delayed, the obligation continues and thus it must be fulfilled immediately. According to the Shafii School, it is forbidden to delay the payment of fitr, without excuse, until after the first day of Eid.


Senturk, Omer Faruk. “Charity in Islam” Tughra Books Press. January 2007.