WHAT IS ZAKAT AL-FITR?
Zakat al–Fitr is charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Arabic word Fitr means the same as iftar, breaking a fast, and it comes from the same root word as Futoor which means breakfast.
Before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, every able Muslim must pay Zakat al-Fitr. This mandatory act of charity can be paid in 2 ways:
- In the form of supplying staple foods to the community
- In monetary terms in order to purchase the necessary staple foods
Good Deeds Movement will use these donations to pay for food that is distributed to communities in need all around the world.
ZAKAT AL-FITR AMOUNT
The total amount of Zakat al-Fitr is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount of food that can fit in your hands when you cup them together to scoop food. This value is translated to a monetary value and is estimated at $10. *
*Zakat al-Fitr is paid by the head of the household for each member of the family, before Eid al-Fitr prayer. Zakat al-Fitr is about the price of one meal—estimated at $10 in 2017.
The charity giver pays for himself/herself and on behalf of all of his/her dependents