Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally
Question: Assalam alaykum,
My son was born in Ramadan, but I paid zakat for him before he was born. Is the zakat valid?
In the Shafi’i school, it would not be valid to pre-pay Zakat al-Fitr for a child that hasn’t been born yet, but is expected to be born later in Ramadan. This is because one cannot pay Zakat al-Fitr before more than one of its legal causes.
One would need to pay the Zakat al-Fitr again, following the birth of the child in Ramadan.
God knows best.
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