What is Zakat Al Fitr
Have you ever wondered about the power of our actions? Just an act of generosity can perpetuate immense hopes to millions of people worldwide. This kindness can come in form sharing our food, clothing or wealth to the struggling ones. No matter what the action, our slightest act of compassion not only purifies our wealth but also strengthens our human bond beyond all boundaries. That’s why Zakat-al-fitr holds a heightened position in Islam.
In Sûrat Al-Tawbah, the ninth chapter of the Quran, it says, “Take from their wealth a ‘charitable offering’ to cleanse them and purify them thereby”.
So, it’s important that we spend our alms meaningfully. Zakat-al-fitr directly contributes to the betterment and growth of Muslims worldwide. It is an obligatory act ordained by Allah that has been Glorified and Praised. That’s why, UMR directs your Zakat donation to the ones in need. Let’s look into the significance of Zakat al fitr and how UMR contributes to the betterment and growth of Muslims worldwide.
Zakat Al Fitr/ Fitrana
In the holy month of Ramadan, we fast from dawn to dusk to get closer to God through prayer and contemplation. Tied in the bond of Muslim fraternity, we feel compassion for each other beyond all boundaries. This kindness circulates throughout the month.
So by the end of Ramadan, self-sufficient Muslims make charitable donations before Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer to the ones in need. This charitable donation is known as Zakat al Fitr. The donations are mostly concerned with food, clothes and various other daily necessities.
Zakat al Fitr blends the Ibadat of fasting and sharing joy with the struggling ones to alleviate the glory of Humanity and divinity of Almighty Allah. This charitable act is a bit different from other charities. It is imposed on individual Muslims rather than his or her measures of wealth or income.
Background of Zakat-al-Fitr
The background of Zakat al Fitr is rooted in the commandment of Allah. On Ramadan, the eighth month of Islamic lunar calendar, Almighty Allah revealed a commandment in the second year of the Hijrah. The obligation to pay alms to the poor coincides with God’s revealed commandment. That’s how the practice of Zakat al-Fitr started.
What is Fitrana used for:
The purpose of Fitrana is to strengthen Muslim bonds by sharing alms so that everyone in the community can equally celebrate the joy of Eid. It’s compulsory on all the self-reliant adult Muslims to share food on behalf of their dependents to the ones in need. Fitrana must be given before the Eid al Fitr prayer.
Rules of Zakat al-Fitr
As an Islamic charitable contribution, Zakat al-Fitr holds certain rules and principles. Zakat-al Fitr is obligatory for every adult Muslim during Ramadan. So it is important to know about the right way to pay zakat. Let’s look into the three keys of Zakat al-Fitr or Fitrana rules.
- It must be paid once a year. The proper time to pay Zakat-al Fitr is during Ramadan, right before the Eid day.
- It is due to every household member, regardless of age or status.
- The amount of Zakat al-Fitr must be equal to the cost of one meal. Moreover, the person in need must receive it by himself/herself before the Eid prayer.
Calculations of Zakat al-Fitr:
There is a specific measurement for Zakat al-Fitr. Sa’ is considered a unit of measurement for fitrana. One Sa is equivalent to 2.40 KG of Barley. In other words, Sa’ is also estimated as four handfuls of an average sized man. One person is entitled to pay a Sa of rice, dates, or wheat from their share of food. Keep in mind that fitrana must be paid before the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer. Every free Muslim must pay Zakat Al-Fitr for himself, his wife, children, and servants.
Importance of Zakat-al-fitr:
The purpose of Zakat al-Fitr is tremendous, especially as it shares the fazilat of the holy month of Ramadan. By the end of Ramadan comes the joyous Eid-ul-fitr. Happiness and joy is a gift for all. Zakat al-Fitr enables everyone in the society to celebrate Eid with equal ecstasy. This charitable donation strengthens the bond between the Muslims in the society.
relationship between the members of the Muslim society, to alleviate the pain of the poor, to cultivate the sense of brotherhood and solidarity in the hearts of the Muslims. It alleviates the pain of the poor to develop brotherhood and solidarity in Muslim hearts. Many scholars believe that Zakat al-Fitr is meant to correct the mistakes or wrongdoings of a person during the blessed month of Ramadan.
UMR’s Zakat-Al-Fitr Program
UMR recognizes the needs of people. Here at UMR we focus on supporting Muslim communities globally especially during Ramadan. In the month of Ramadan, we increase our activities to support those who are fasting and in need. This can include providing food and water to communities, distributing Ramadan food packages, organizing Iftar (evening meal) gatherings, and supporting other activities that can help to ease the burden of those who are fasting.
Since Zakat al-Fitr is a donation made before Eid al-Fitr’s Prayer, you can donate this amount to UMR and be a reason for a smile.
In conclusion, Zakat al-Fitr is an important aspect of Islamic charity and is considered a form of purification for the fasting month of Ramadan. It serves as a means of providing support for those in need and ensuring that everyone has enough to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.
The act of giving Zakat al-Fitr is not only a financial obligation, but also a means of purifying one’s wealth and strengthening community ties. Overall, Zakat al-Fitr is a way for Muslims to demonstrate their gratitude for their blessings and to fulfill their obligations as stewards of their wealth.