In order to thanks Allah (SWT) and show gratitude for all that He does for us every day, we should donate Zakat-ul-Fitr and allow those less fortunate than ourselves to join us in the festivities and celebration of Eid.
“The Prophet (PBUH) enjoined the payment of one Sa' of dates or one Sa' of barley as Zakat-ul-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the Eid prayer." (One Sa' = 3 Kilograms approx.)
Eid-ul-Fitr is a time for family, friends, food and festivity; it is a joyous occasion that many Muslims look forward to all year round.
However, the reality is that so many of our brothers and sisters simply do not have the necessary means to celebrate Eid as we do. When every day is a struggle to survive, the festivities of Eid are understandably far from people’s minds.
Zakat-ul-Fitr, also known as Fitrana, is a payment which allows those less fortunate to join in with Eid celebrations, just as we do.
What is Fitrana?
Zakat-ul-Fitr (Fitrana) is a compulsory act of charity that Muslims must pay at the end of Ramadan. The purpose of this payment is to allow those in poverty to take part in Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
When Should You Pay Fitrana?
Zakat-ul-Fitr must be paid before Eid prayers commence to allow your donation to reach those who need it in time. The exact time depends on the moon sighting as Eid celebrations are directly tied to that of the lunar month. For 2020, UK Fitrana payments will likely need to be made before the evening moon sighting on Saturday 23rd May, though this may change subject to official sighting of the moon.
Who Should Pay Zakat-ul-Fitr?
Every Muslim must pay Zakat-ul-Fitr, regardless of age. The head of the household may make the family’s payment on behalf of their dependents but a contribution must be made by or for each member of the home.
How Much is Zakat-ul-Fitr 2020 in the UK?
The Zakat-ul-Fitr amount is based upon the current price of staple foods such as rice or flour for a specified weight. Currently, this means Fitrana is equal to approximately £4 per person.