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Zakat Al-Fitr

What is Zakat Al-Fitr

Zakat Al-Fitr is an obligatory charity during Ramadan that every (financially capable) adult Muslim is to pay before the day of Eid Al-Fitr and is to be given to the poor and needy. Supporting Reference: Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) ordered the people to pay Zakat Al-Fitr before going to the ‘Eid prayer. [Sahih Bukhari].

Who is Zakat Al-Fitr Obligatory Upon?

The head of the family must pay on behalf of his/herself and on behalf any dependants within the family.

Supporting Reference: Ibn Umar narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) has made Zakat Al-Fitr obligatory, (and it was), either one Sa’ of barley or one Sa’ of dates (and its payment was obligatory) on young and old people, and on free men as well as on slaves. (Sahih Bukhari)

One Sa’ = 3 Kilograms approx

How much is Zakat Al-Fitr?

The estimation of an average meal is $10 per person. So for example; if you are paying on behalf of yourself, and 3 dependants then it will be 4 x $10 = $40.