# How to Calculate Zakat Al Fitr?

Author Beatrice Giannetti

Posted Dec 1, 2022

Calculating your Zakat al Fitr can be a relatively simple process as long as you have access to some basic information. First, you’ll need to understand the specifics of your region, because although the basics of Zakat al Fitr are uniform, there are regional variations.

Once you know your specific regional requirements for calculating Zakat al Fitr, it is simply a matter of determining how much food will cost in your local market on the day before Eid ul-Fitri (the celebration that follows Ramadan). The amount is usually 1 sa’ (roughly 2.7kg) of food staple such as wheat or rice per household member and should be given to those in need before Eid day.

Then comes the calculation portion: In essence, it works like this—take the total cost of providing those 1 sa's per family member (in local currency) and divide by 40. That number is what should go towards charitable donations each year during Ramadan—or one third if paying on behalf of others within their family or household members not listed above.

Zakat Al-Fitr should also include a donation for welfare organizations so that they can arrange distribution among those deserving individuals who may benefit from it within our community more than yourselves (this could be very small balance an amount e.g.: \$10 - \$20 equivalent into EUR/GBP/AUS etc., depending upon where you reside).

The below SUMMARY & FINAL CALCULATION FOR ZAKAT AL FITR may summarise this whole topic well:.

- Calculate the total expense for provisioning all necessary food staples for families celebrating Eid ul-Fitri prior to its commencement i.e.(eg:- Wheat/ Rice/ Sugar..etc., usually equivalent to 1sa’ per person);

- Divide this sum by 40;.

- Add any extra small welfare contribution desired by yourself;.

- This number forms YOUR ZAKAT AL FITR contribution leading up to or near celebration date! And following its distributed towards deserving people in surrounding societies around us!

## How is the amount of Zakat al Fitr determined?

The amount of Zakat al Fitr is determined according to a set rate in the Islamic tradition. This rate is equal to the amount of one sa' (a unit equivalent to approximately 3 kilograms or 6.6 pounds) of staple grain, such as wheat, barley, dates, or raisins. Depending on where you live in the world and which type of staple grain you use, this sets the minimum amount for zakat al Fitr at between one and three dollars per person each year.

In calculating Zakat al Fitr it’s important to remember that it is an obligation only upon those people whose wealth exceeds specific thresholds. It should be paid on behalf of all individuals who live near and dear to us including immediate family members regardless their financial situation. Additionally, children below puberty age are also requiredto pay a fixed rate depending on their age bracket as long as they possess some wealth above/beyond subsistence level (e.g., pocket money).

The most commonly used source for funds for payment is savings from discretionary income during Ramadan prior or leftover funds from Ramadan shopping during Eid Al Fitr weekends; others may choose charities which collect zakat on their behalf through mobile payments solutions such as PayPal or PayTM apps. Finally, regardless how payments are made just keep in mind that false declaration when paying Zakat evaders will incur legal implications locally and potentially beyond your local jurisdiction too so endeavour always honesty when discharging your obligation towards paying these due Islamic charity contributions every year while enjoying blessings associated with performing charity deeds - “And whoever pays back what he has been given generously will receive an increase [in blessings]” Quran 42:23

## What is the purpose of Zakat al Fitr?

Zakat al Fitr, also known as Zakat-ul-Fitr, is a pillar of giving during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. It is an obligatory charitable contribution that all Muslims must make before performing the Eid prayers. The purpose of Zakat al Fitr is to ensure that every member of society, regardless of financial standing or personal wealth, enjoys the festival with dignity and joy. This offering serves as a means to purify and bless oneself before celebrating a religious experience.

In addition to providing physical aid for those less fortunate, Zakat al Fitr also symbolizes spiritual growth for the donor. It highlights individuals’ awareness around the importance of helping those in need and instills greater trust in Allah (SWT). For instance, by fulfilling this requirement many Muslims feel closer to divinity through their active demonstration of charity and hard work towards achieving balance within one’s self and external environment.

Finally, Zakat al Fitr is essential for conveying a sense of social responsibility – emphasizing it's okay to celebrate material gains with appreciation while giving back one’s excess obligations in order to maintain equity across all levels within society at large. Additionally Zakat al Fitr plays an even bigger role outside Ramadan - maintaining humanitarian assistance networks necessary for responding quickly during periods experiencing food crises or natural disasters where assistance may be highly necessary but infrastructures are too unreliable or non-existent otherwise.

## Who is obligated to pay Zakat al Fitr?

Zakat al Fitr is an annual obligation placed on Muslims in order to fulfill their religious obligations under Islamic law. It is a form of obligatory charity often referred to as the "poor due" or simply "zakat." The basic principle underlying Zakat al Fitr is that all those with enough wealth should pay a small portion of their income to those less fortunate.

Every Muslim who has enough money and assets (the amount varies based on their geographical location) on the day before Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, must pay this charitable contribution. This includes adults and children if they are able to do so. Depending upon the country one resides in, one may be paying Zakat al Fitr at different rates as well—for example in Saudi Arabia it can vary from 1 gram of gold per adult while in Canada it can vary from \$10 CAD/person or more depending upon one's province or territory.

Furthermore, within families it is not only parents who are responsible for paying zakat - every adult family member with wealth greater than or equal than that prescribed by local laws must shoulder their share of this responsibility when it comes to paying zakat al fitr. So regardless of whether you’re an adult or a child, if you have assets sufficient for the local rate prescribed by law then you are obligated to pay your own fair share of zakat al fitr - an important obligation that contributes towards helping make sure no Muslims go hungry during Ramadan and after

## What type of items qualify for Zakat al Fitr?

Zakat al Fitr, or sadaqat al-fitr, is an obligatory payment due on Muslims during Ramadan. It is a charity payment made near the end of Ramadan to provide for the poor who are fasting. It is compulsory on every adult Muslim who has enough surplus money to pay their own and family’s expenses for one lunar year. The task of determining what qualifies as Zakat al Fitr can be daunting; usually, it entails paying a set amount in cash or food items per household member one typically pays for immediately before Eid prayer (Salat). Typically, items that qualify for Zakat al Fitr must consist of edible items such as grains and cereals; however, certain other types of food items that may be given as gifts can also be used to fulfill this obligation.

Grains make up the majority of eligible food items used to pay Zakat al Fitr. Grains include wheat, barley, cornmeal or any similar type of grain commodities and may be either uncooked grain or processed into flour form such as breadcrumbs or couscous. Dried dates are also accepted in lieu of grains; however their collective weight must equal that which would traditionally weigh one sa' (approx 3 kilograms) approximately two kilograms by modern day measurements)

In addition to traditional grains and dried dates being accepted when giving Zaka Al-Fitr donations, certain non-food related consumable products can also be used including: salt; sugar; ghee (clarified butter); oil from crops deemed permissible by shariah law i.e.) coconut oil etc.; honey without bee products added and sheep/goats milk products may also suffice when gifting non-food related items - especially he frup segment favored among children—gift packs containing snacks like chocolates, chips sweets etc., could substitute sweets which at times might not fall within Shariah compliance with regards Zakat Al-Fitr donation criteria but with guidance from credible Islamic financial institution/scholar these exceptions could prove compliant with Shariah guidelines too hence paving new means via which you could repentfully honor your religious obligation towards giving off your allocated Zaka Al –Fitrs amounts while happily satisfying all associates concerned — making it both Shariah compliant while simultaneously making this season more enjoyable!

## Are there any special conditions for paying Zakat al Fitr?

Zakat al Fitr is a religious obligation for Muslims, and it is an important pillar of faith for observant Muslims around the world. However, there are certain special conditions to consider when making this payment.

At the most basic level, Zakat al Fitr must be paid by everyone in one’s household who is able to do so - both adults and minor children who possess the means necessary to pay must make a contribution. This amount should be equivalent to two meals per person or 3 kilograms of staple foodstuff like grains or rice (the cost equivalent of which should not exceed local market prices). It should be given before Eid prayer on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr or before sunset on that day. The exact amount can differ depending on your region or community; therefore it pays off to check with local thought leaders about any specific customs that may apply in terms of determining payment amounts as well as methodologies for delivery.

Additionally, taxpayers have an obligation to pay Zakat al Fitr themselves if they qualify regardless whether they actually share meals with those members living under their roof – even if someone else is paying for their sustenance such as through a close family member’s financial generosity - because it ensures that no one falls through societal cracks at times when many observe beautiful religious traditions from different levels of affluence. Once the funds have been contributed, though, beneficiaries are encouraged not only offer traditional thanks but also share meaningful blessings related to how any generous donations were intended - meal preparation in furtherance of communal celebration during Ramadan and beyond!

## What is the deadline for paying Zakat al Fitr?

The deadline for paying Zakat al Fitr is the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. This typically lands on the first day after Ramadan ends, according to Islamic calendar. It is important that Zakat al Fitr payments are made prior to the Eid prayers taking place in your local mosque or outdoor congregation so as not to disrupt them.

It is important to note that while traditionally, this has been seen as a one-time payment at the end of Ramadan—there are varying opinions among scholars about when it should be paid. According some prominent scholars, it is best practice for Muslims who are able and have money available during the month of Ramadan, ideally at a minimum before entering into their last 10 days of fasting—to make their Zakat wal Fitr payment then so as not cause additional burden during what should be a joyful celebration with family and friends post Ramadhan

When making this payment it is also important to keep in mind that while Zakat Al Fitr can technically take many forms (Eg: Foodstuff such as corn maize flour etc.), many charities now prefer receiving donations through money transfers or electronic payments. So if you're intending making a Zakat Al Fitr donation digitally please double check with your chosen charity beforehand which method they prefer and have in place for accepting donations like these

To summarise then, typically speaking—the deadline for paying Zakat Al Fitr falls on Eid-ul-Fit ; however if applicable - You may be able pay prior whilst still observing fasting pre Ramdhan – just double check with your preferred charity beforehand any particular requirements they may have related electronic money transfer methods!

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