In order to give thanks to Allah (SWT) and show gratitude for all that He does for us each and 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.)
- Narrated Ibn Umar (PBUH)
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 means necessary to celebrate Eid as we do. When every day is a struggle for survival, the festivities of Eid are understandably far from people’s minds.
Zakat-ul-Fitr allows those less fortunate to join in with Eid celebrations – just as we do.
It must be paid before Eid prayers commence, in order to allow your donation to reach those in need in time. 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.
The amount of Zakat-ul-Fitr is based upon the current price of a staple food such as rice or flour. Currently, it is approximately £4.