Zakat al-Fitr: the necessary Eid donation that must be made by the end of Ramadan


Muslims are expected to pay Zakat al-Fitr, also known as Sadaqat al-Fitr, by the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. Before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, a little donation known as zakat al-Fitr is made to those in need.

This gift is intended to assist individuals in need in celebrating and taking part in the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which celebrates the conclusion of Ramadan.

Zakat a-Fitr is a type of charity that is separate from Zakat, one of Islam’s five pillars. While Zakat is normally paid once a year and calculated based on a person’s wealth, Zakat al-Fitr is paid on an individual basis and has a fixed amount that has been established by Muslim legal scholars.

Depending on the area and the cost of food, different amounts are required for Zakat al-Fitr. It is comparable to the price of one meal or one kilogramme of rice or wheat in the majority of countries. The cost is typically covered by all household members, including minors and the elderly.

The required Zakat al-Fitr donation for residents of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia is $7. The cost is $12 in the US, meanwhile.

There is a different kind of donation known as “Fidya.” This is a fixed sum that a person is required to pay for each day when they are unable to work owing to illness, old age, etc.

Cash or other donations, such food or clothing, are also acceptable forms of zakat al-Fitr. It is crucial to remember that Zakat al-Fitr must be paid before the Eid prayer and cannot be postponed. This is so that those in need can celebrate and enjoy Eid, which is what Zakat al-Fitr is intended to do. Delaying the payment would be in opposition to the goal.

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