Zakat ul Fitr is a donation of food to the needy
The quantity of food to be donated
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that:
“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul Fitr [Fitrana] to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.”
What is Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana)?
Zakat ul Fitr is a donation of food to the needy that must be given before Eid prayer. It is to be paid by every adult that has food in surplus of their needs. It must be paid both on behalf of themselves and their dependants.
Ibn Umar reported that
“Allah’s Apostle enjoined the payment of one Saa’ of dates or one Saa’ of barley as Zakat-ul-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the Eid prayer”
The quantity of food to be donated, was described by the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’, which is equal to four scooped handfuls. If we convert this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as barley or flour, it is around £4. Therefore the amount due for each person is £4.
Global Rahmah Foundation ensures your Zakat ul Fitr donations reach those in need this Ramadan to help ease their food insecurities.
Who is eligible for Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr)?
Any Muslim that has food in surplus of their needs must pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). Unlike Zakat, it is an obligation on every member of the household. Therefore, the head of the family, or parents and guardians, can pay on behalf of other members of the family.