Zakat al Fitr 2024
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Zakat al Fitr 2024: Sharing Blessings, Spreading Joy

Zakat al Fitr is an important part of Ramadan for all Muslims. It’s a way to clean up and help people who are poor. It is a kind act of giving food that must be done out of love for Allah (SWT) before the Eid prayer and before the end of Ramadan. It is required for every adult Muslim who can support themselves to provide food for themselves and anyone who depends on them.

What is Zakat ul Fitr?

Give food to charity before Eid prayer, before the end of Ramadan, as part of Zakat ul Fitr, which is also called fitra. Do this out of love for Allah (SWT). Muslims who are adults and can support themselves and their dependents must give zakat ul-Fitr if they have more food than they need.

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:

“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul Fitr [Fitrana] to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]

The Prophet (PBUH) describes the quantity as 1 saa’ of food, and 1 saa’ is equivalent to 4 madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

What is The Purpose of Zakat al-Fitr?

For people, fasting is a way to pray, or a “spiritual technology” that Allah (SWT) provided for us. Its purpose is to help someone to free their soul from the worldly desires that keep them busy,  and become more aware of Allah (SWT). For this reason, the Quran itself tells us: That you will always fear God.

Practically, the Arabic word that means “God-fearing” is taqwa, which is a religious term that basically means to remember Allah (SWT) so that you can behave in faith in what Allah (SWT) wants you to do and not do what He tells you not to do.

As a result, fasting is a form of worship that requires more than just not giving your body food, drink, or emotional satisfaction. 

Its goal is to teach the human mind how to control the body that holds it. This is the purest form of fasting—may be a goal that no person can reach. Giving Zakat al-Fitr, the required charity at the end of Ramadan’s month-long fast cleans our fast of the sins we picked up while we were following it.

What Zakat Al-Fitr Does For The Community?

Eid al-Fitr, the Celebration of Breaking the Fast, is one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim year. It marks the end of Ramadan.

May Allah (STW) return this joyful prayer and gathering day soon. On this day, every Muslim in every place should celebrate with a feast, required charity, and a communal Salah (prayer).

Zakat al-Fitr infuses the fasting and believing poor with the food resources to whole-heartedly glorify God, celebrate the Eid Prayer, and share the day’s merriment and delight with their children and families. The Prophet (PBUH) famously said, “Gratify [the poor] on this day” (Al-Shawkani, Nayl Al-Awtar).

Does everyone have to give Zakat al-Fitr?

Every Muslim has to give Zakat al-Fitr.Several companions of the Prophet (PBUH), especially those who helped people remember what the Prophet (PBUH) said, said that Zakat al-Fitr is something that all wealthy Muslims must do.

Is Zakat Al-Fitr Required For Married Muslim Women?

The Hanafi legal school says that zakat al-Fitr must be given by all Muslims, including Muslim women who are married or not married, no matter how much money they have. In some schools, Muslim women’s husbands have to pay zakat al-Fitr for them.

Do Kids Have To Give Zakat Al-Fitr?

If children own the wealth, the zakat comes from their property. People who care for children must pay Zakat al-Fitr if the children don’t have any money.

According to the greatest and most common view, all wealthy Muslims, young and old, must pay zakat al-Fitr. Most scholars agree that it does not include the fetus still in the womb. However, some famous companions, like Othman bin Affan (may Allah be happy with him), say that parents should give zakat al-Fitr to their unborn children as a good deed.

Do Poor People Have To Give Zakat Al-Fitr?

The majority of Muslims believe that everyone, even poor Muslims, must pay zakat al-Fitr. This is because the duty to do so comes with the person rather than with their money. People who don’t have enough food, housing, clothes, and other basic needs for the day of Eid are the only ones who don’t have to do it. 

You don’t have to pay zakat al-Fitr if you are in debt unless the bill is due on Eid itself, and paying it would make it easier to meet your basic needs that day.

How Much Is Fitrana (Zakat Ul Fitr) Per Person?

Fitrana, or Zakat ul Fitr, was paid as 1 saa’ during the time of the Prophet (PBUH). So, the Prophet (PBUH) says that the amount is 1 saa’ of food, where 1 saa’ is equal to 4 madd. A madd is the largest amount that can be picked up with both hands.

A lot of people ask us, 

How Much Is Eid Fitrana?

We can determine how much this is worth by considering how much basic food like flour or rice costs. This means that $5 is due from each person in 2024.

Who Gets The Zakat Al Fitr?

A lot of experts say that poor Muslims are the only ones who can legally get Zakat al Fitr from other Muslims. But here are the rules about who can give Zakat al Fitr. A poor person can also get Zakat al Fitr from more than one donor, though experts don’t like it when one payment is split among many recipients because it goes against the point of Zakat al Fitr. It’s enough for the poor on Eid.

This year’s Zakat al Fitr can’t be given to people who deserve it, like a man’s wife, child, parents, etc. In this case, it’s the same as zakat for money. Rich people or people who don’t believe shouldn’t get it either.

The Hanbalis and the Malikis say that only the poor should be paid Zakat al Fitr. Even if it costs the person who paid for it to send it to another country, Shafi says that the same eight groups of people who are eligible for Zakat al-mal are also eligible for Zakat al-Fitr if the person who pays the money doesn’t give it to anyone else. The Prophet’s command to “satisfy” the poor clarifies that they should be given the most attention in every culture.

How Do I Figure Out Zakat Al Fitr?

Giving about 2.5% of your wealth to poor people is how you figure out Zakat al-Fitr. No matter how much money someone makes, they have to pay the same amount of zakat. 

The amount of Zakat al Fitr that has been worked out is equal to one saa, or dry measure, of one of the most popular types of grain in the country for every Muslim. A saa weighs about 2.176 kilos. Based on what Abu Said al Khudri said, 

“We used to take out the Zakat of Fitr in three kinds, cheese, dates, and barley”

(Sahih Muslim 985d).

Conclusion 

Zakat al-Fitr is a special charity Muslims give during Ramadan. It helps clean our hearts and feeds those who need it. It’s a must for every grown-up Muslim who can afford it. This charity reminds us to be kind and share our blessings. By giving Zakat al-Fitr, we follow the Prophet’s teachings and strengthen our community. Let’s give it with love and care to spread happiness to everyone around us.

When is the best time to pay Zakat al-Fitr?

If you want to pay Zakat ul Fitr, you should pay Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) during the month of Ramadan. So that people in need can get help in time for Eid, the last day it can be given is before the Eid prayer.

Can I give Zakat to my sister?

Yes. Giving Zakat to family members who are poor earns more honour. The only thing that isn’t allowed is giving it to family members who gave birth to you or to family members who gave birth to you. You can help your poor brothers, sisters, and other people by giving Zakat.

Can you give zakat al-fitr twice?

Yes. People are even told to pay more than the minimum amount of Zakat al-Fitr if they can. “It is said that Ali, may God bless him, said, ‘When Allah gives you wealth, you should give more.'” (See Zad Al-Ma’ad and Fiqh az-Zakat, 586).

Is it possible to give Zakat to Masjid?

So, mosques, which any one person does not own, as well as schools, public works, properties, and general good acts for people, do not fall within Zakat’s divinely set limits. Because of this, churches are not eligible for Zakat. This has been the view of most Muslim jurists for a long time.

Which types of people can’t get Zakat?

Which people don’t need to pay Khakat? In general, four types of people don’t pay the Zakat, which is the annual alms that Muslims are expected to give: the poor, the needy, those who are in debt, and those who are not free.

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