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Zakat al-Fitrah


What Is Zakat?

Zakat, also known as “charity” or “alms-giving,” is a mandatory form of giving back to the community for Muslims. The word “zakat” means “to purify” and it is considered a form of purifying one’s wealth by giving a portion of it to those in need.

“…and those in whose wealth there is a recognised right, for the needy and deprived” (Qur’an 70:24-5) One of the most commonly asked questions about Zakat is whether it can be given as a donation. The answer is yes, Zakat can be given as a donation, but it is important to note that it is a mandatory obligation for Muslims and not just a voluntary act of charity.

What are the 3 conditions of zakat?

There are three conditions that must be met for Zakat to be considered valid. First, the person giving Zakat must be a Muslim. Second, the wealth that is being given as Zakat must meet a certain threshold, known as the Nisab. And third, the wealth must be owned for a full lunar year before Zakat is due.

When Is Zakat Mandatory?

The nisab, or the threshold at which Zakat becomes mandatory, is currently set at 85 grams of gold or 595 grams of silver. For cash and other forms of wealth, the nisab is determined by the current market value. Once the nisab is met, 2.5% of that wealth must be given as Zakat. This means that if a person’s wealth is worth $10,000, they would be liable to pay $250 in Zakat.

What is Fitrah/ Zakat Al Fitr?

Fitra, also known as fidyah or Sadaqatul-Fitr or Zakat Al-Fitr, is an Islamic term used to provide financial support to those in need. Fitra is often understood as a charitable act that helps fulfill one’s obligations to those less fortunate or disadvantaged. It is usually paid before the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers; meanwhile, the minimum amount of Fitrana or Fitra per head is decided before Ramadan. All Muslims are responsible for paying a portion of their wealth to charity, and Fitrana or Zakat Al-Fitr is one way to fulfill this obligation. The amount of Fitra required varies depending on the individual’s circumstances. Still the Sadaqatul-Fitr, it is typically calculated based on the value of necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Fitra is typically paid at the time of the annual Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan. It is also a time when people are encouraged to show kindness and generosity towards others, and Fitra is one way to do this. However, if a person fails to pay Fitra before the time of Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, then they should pay it at the earliest.

FAQs regarding Zakat Al-Fitr:
What is the rule of Fitra?

Zikat Al-Fitr is mandatory for mature Muslims (baaligh), sane and financially stable & should have excess food and money. The minimum amount for Fitrana is based on dates, flour, rice, or other foodstuffs. Before Eid al-Fitr prayers the Fitrana is paid to the deprived ones.

What is meant by Fitra Per head?

Fitra per head means that every family member is accountable for paying the Fitra amount designated by the Islamic Council.

How much is Fitra in Islam?

Zikat Al-Fitr is equivalent to 2 kg of wheat, rice, flour, or another foodstuff, per person of the household, including all the dependants, even if they aren’t living under the same roof.

What are the 5 acts of Fitrah in Islam?
  1. Clipping your nails.
  2. Cleaning the armpit hair
  3. circumcision
  4. Shaving your mustache
  5. Cleaning of Pubic hair
What is Fitra in Ramadan?

At the end of Holy Ramadan, and before Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, a designated amount of money or food is paid to the deserving ones as a part of Islamic Tradition & as directed by Holy Prophet (PBUH) termed as Sadaqatul-Fitr. The minimum amount of Fitrana cane be paid to JDC Pakistan

How much is Fitra this year?

For 2023, the Sadaqatul-Fitr will be declared soon by the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee. Fitra Per head is applied to the eligible family in which every person pays the fixed amount as fitra. The rate for Fitrana per person has changed annually, keeping in view the current circumstances.