Zakat al-Fitr

And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity.

Qur’an 2:110

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Zakat al-Fitr (also called fitra or fitrana) is a charitable donation given before Eid al-Fitr prayer. It is equal to the price of one meal, which in 2017 is estimated as $10, given on behalf of every member of the family. You can make sure to pay your Zakat al-Fitr on time by giving it online!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Zakat al-Mal (commonly called “Zakat“) 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 2017.

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.

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.

The majority of scholars hold the opinion that only the first two categories of the recipients of Zakat can receive Zakat al-Fitr.

An agent is someone who facilitates your paying of Zakat al-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.