Zakat Al Fitr – Giving Back to the Community
ZAKAT AL FITR
Islam is a social religion. During times of celebration, we are tasked with the remembrance of Allah and being considerate of people in need. Zakat al-Fitr is an obligation upon us to provide one needy person with a meal. Fulfill your obligation ahead of Eid morning.
Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) ordered the people to pay Zakat al Fitr before going to the Eid prayer.
The Prophet of Allah ﷺ said, “The fasting of the month of fasting will be hanging between earth and heavens and it will not be raised up to the Divine Presence without paying the Zakat al-Fitr.” (Nasai)
Zakat Al Fitr
As the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims all over the world prepare for the joyous occasion of Eid al-Fitr. One of the essential practices of this festive event is Zakat al Fitr, also known as Fitrana. Zakat al Fitr is an obligatory charitable donation for every Muslim who can afford it. It is given to the poor at the end of Ramadan to ensure that they can also enjoy Eid celebrations.
The amount of Zakat one must pay is determined by their individual wealth and can only be distributed to a specific set of people. Although it is commonly associated with charitable giving, the recipients of Zakat are limited to specific categories, including the poor, the needy, those in debt, those in bondage, and the wayfarer. Through this act of mandatory giving, Muslims demonstrate their commitment to caring for those in need and helping to reduce poverty in their communities.
When is Zakat Al Fitr Payed?
Zakat al Fitr must be paid before the Eid prayer, and it is to be paid on behalf of every member of a household, including children and the elderly. The amount is calculated based on the value of food, such as rice, wheat, or barley, which is the staple food in the region. It is estimated to be equivalent to around $10 or more, depending on the cost of the staple food in your locality.
Giving Zakat al Fitr is a fundamental act of worship that has immense benefits for the giver and the receiver. It is an excellent way to show gratitude to Allah for His blessings and to give back to the community. The Prophet ﷺ said in regards to Zakat al Fitr, “The fasting of the month of fasting will be hanging between the earth and the heavens and it will not be raised up to the Divine Presence without paying the Zakat al-Fitr.” (Nasai)
Benefits of Zakat Al Fitr
Zakat al Fitr is an excellent way to help the poor, especially during these trying times. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people struggling to make ends meet, and Zakat al Fitr can help alleviate their suffering. It is an act of compassion, kindness, and generosity that will bring joy to the hearts of those who receive it.
In conclusion, Zakat al Fitr is a vital practice that reminds us of our responsibility to help those in need. It is an act of worship that has immense benefits for both the giver and the receiver. Let us embrace the spirit of giving and generosity this Eid by fulfilling our obligation of Zakat al Fitr. By doing so, we will bring joy to the hearts of the less fortunate and earn the pleasure of Allah..
This year, fulfilling your Zakat Al Fitr obligation only costs $10 to feed one person.