And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: And whatever good ye send forth for your souls before you, ye shall find it with Allah.
When you donate your Zakat to Islamic Relief, it has the power to transform peoples lives in over 30 countries.
Zakat is not just a fundamental pillar of Islam – it is also a revolutionary concept with the potential to ease the suffering of millions around the world. For those who have to pay Zakat, it is an obligation, but for the orphans, widows and people struck by tragedies, it’s the difference between life and death.
If just the top ten richest people in the world paid zakat – a mere 2.5% of their wealth – it would amount to a staggering $15.4 billion! The power of that money in tackling poverty would be huge.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between zakah and Zakat al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Mal (commonly called “zakah“) is due when a person’s wealth reaches the nisab amount and can be paid anytime during the year. Zakat al-Fitr is paid by the head of the household for each member of the family, before Eid al-Fitr prayer. Zakat al-Fitr is about the price of one meal—estimated at $10 in 2014.
Who are the recipients of Zakat-ul-Fitr?
The majority of scholars hold the opinion that only the first two categories of the recipients of Zakat can receive Zakat-ul-Fitr.
On whose behalf do I have to pay Zakat al-Fitr? What if I have young children?
Zakat al-Fitr should be paid on behalf of everyone in the family. There are some scholars that recommend that Zakat al-Fitr is also paid on behalf of unborn children after the 120th day of pregnancy, but do not view it as obligatory. Most scholars do agree, however, that Zakat al-Fitr should be paid on behalf of the baby after his/her birth. Please do consult with your local imam or scholar for further clarification.
What do you mean when you say Islamic Relief acts as an agent and how does this allow me to pay in currency?
An agent is someone who facilitates your paying of Zakat-ul-Fitr because they are better placed to distribute it. You can pay them in currency because it is as if you are asking them to pay on your behalf. We use that money to buy the food which we give to the appropriate recipients. So it is as if you are the one giving food rather than currency.
When should I pay my Zakat al-Fitr?
It should be paid before Eid prayer (or any day during Ramadan). There are some schools of thought that also allow for Zakat al-Fitr to be paid even before Ramadan. Consult with your local imam or scholar if you need additional information.