Give your Zakat ahead of Eid prayers to spread the joy and celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr and the end of the blessed month of Ramadan.
Pay £5 per person in your household to uphold your religious obligation. Your £5 donation will mean a vulnerable person in need will have a happier Eid with good food and new clothes.
Zakat ul fitr, commonly known as Fitrana, is a form of religious compulsory charity paid by Muslims at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Fitrana also allows poor Muslims to partake in the festivities of Eid, as all Muslims should.
Fitrana was made compulsory in the second year of Hijrah, the same year in which Ramadan was made obligatory - that both descended at the same time shows the significance they both hold.
Every Muslim is obliged, if they have the means to do so, to pay the Fitrana before Eid al-Fitr. Adults should pay for themselves as well as children or others in their care unable to make the payment themselves.
At SKT Welfare, Fitrana is used to provide food and meals amongst the poor, ensuring all can enjoy the blessings of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The required value of Fitrana was described by the Prophet Mohammad (saw) peace be upon him as one saa. One saa is equivalent to four ‘madd’, which is translated as the amount one can have hold when their hands are together.
In modern times, Fitrana is typically valued at the price of one meal to be received by a poor person before the Eid prayer. With SKT Welfare, this is just £5 per person, the average price of a meal in the UK.
It is vital to pay your Fitrana before the date of Eid, to ensure that your donation is able to be distributed to the poor and the needy.
Fitrana can be paid anytime in Ramadan, as it's due before the day of Eid. In the UK, that's expected to be on the 24th May.
It is vital to pay your Fitrana before the date of Eid, to ensure that your donation is distributed to the poor and the needy.
It is also worth noting that the head of the household can give the charity on behalf of the other family members.
It's also a way to cleanse ourselves of any shortcomings or misconduct during the month of Ramadan.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained that Zakat ul Fitr is to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakah 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.
The first difference between Zakat and Zakat ul Fitr is eligibility. All Muslims, who have enough food for a day, must pay Zakat ul Fitr, regardless of their age or financial status.
Whereas Zakat is given only if a Muslim has the Nisab level.
The second difference lies in the amount due. The amount attributed to Zakat al Fitr is very small and rarely exceeds £5. It is the same amount for all, regardless of financial situation. Zakat, however, can amount to a larger amount because it equivalates to 2.5% of all net savings, and varies from person to person.
The third and final difference lies in their due dates. Zakat can be paid at any time, with the only condition being that the earnings reflect one year’s worth of net savings (one lunar year). Zakat ul Fitr, however, is paid during Ramadan before the month ends. It needs to be paid before the Eid prayers at the very latest. This is a very specific time frame that all Muslims must abide by.