Zakat Al-Fitr is a form of charity that occurs once every Hijra (Lunar) Year at the end of Ramadan - commonly before the Eid (Festival) prayers.
Zakat Al-Fitr can be paid in the form of money. The minimum amount due is one Sa’ (two handfuls) or $17 from each person per household.
It is believed that paying Zakat Al-Fitr reduces poverty, cleanses the character, and brings all levels of society closer together. It helps the donor to be disciplined with what he or she has or will have and eases the hearts of those who are poor and needy.
Traditionally, such funds are used to help individuals who fall into one or more of the following categories: the poor, the needy and those struggling with debt, amongst other things.
AusRelief places great emphasis on education, infrastructure, and sustainable solutions to develop productive communities. So, the collective Zakat Al-Fitr fund will be used to feed the needy, heal the sick, house the homeless, build all-weather tents, educate the poor, and support the maintenance of orphans.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for fitrana (Zakat Al-Fitr)?
A Muslim must give Zakat al Fitr (Fitrana) if they have more food than they need. It is a duty of every member of your home, unlike Zakat. As a result, the head of the household, or parents and legal guardians, can provide for other family members.
Who are the recipients of Fitrana?
According to most Islamic scholars, Fitrana is only available to the first two Zakat recipients.
What is Eid Fitrana?
Fitrana, also known as Sadaqatul Fitr or Eid Fitrana, is a charitable contribution that must be made before the Eid al Fitr prayer. As a result, it must be given before Ramadan's end.
Can I pay Fitrana (Zakat al-Fitr) late if I forget?
Fitrana (Zakat al Fitr) requires it to be paid before the Eid prayer. If paid later, it will be considered a sadaqah; hence the reward would be lesser.
Do children have to pay Zakat al fitr?
Every member of a household, even infants and children, must pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). Nonetheless, parents and guardians are permitted to make payments on behalf of their dependents.