Zakat al-Fitrah What is Fitrah/ Zakat Al Fitr?

Fitra, also known as fidyah or Sadaqatul-Fitr or Zakat Al-Fitr, is an Islamic term used to provide financial support to those in need. Fitra is often understood as a charitable act that helps fulfill one’s obligations to those less fortunate or disadvantaged. It is usually paid before the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers; meanwhile, the minimum amount of Fitrana or Fitra per head is decided before Ramadan. All Muslims are responsible for paying a portion of their wealth to charity, and Fitrana or Zakat Al-Fitr is one way to fulfill this obligation. The amount of Fitra required varies depending on the individual’s circumstances. 

While Fitra is primarily understood as a financial obligation, Zakat Al-Fitr is also seen as a spiritual practice that helps Muslims cultivate compassion and connection to others. By giving to those in need, Muslims are reminded of their blessings and are encouraged to be grateful for the many gifts given to them. Some Muslims may donate their time or services as a form of Fitra by volunteering at a charitable organization. Overall, Fitra helps to fulfill the Islamic obligation of charitable giving and serves as a way to demonstrate compassion and generosity towards others. Muslims can show their commitment to justice, helping those in need, and cultivating a spiritual connection to the broader community. Besides fulfilling one’s Islamic obligations, Zakat Al-Fitr is also seen as a way to purify oneself and seek forgiveness for any wrongs that may have been committed during the year

The rate for Fitrana per person in 2023 will be 170-200 rupees or more than that based on the current situation, and it will be announced by the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee soon at the time of Ramadan. The amount of Zikat Al-Fitr depends on the family’s status, and it is strongly recommended to those who can pay Fitra. The rates of Fitrana are typically based on dates, raisins, or wheat, and it is mandatory to pay those Muslims who are eligible to do it on the beautiful occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Fitra is often given in the form of cash or other financial contributions. 2.5kg of food or money equivalent to it should be paid for Fitra. However, giving non-monetary forms of Fitra is also possible, such as food, clothing, or other basic necessities. JDC Pakistan helps you to pay Fitrana timely and rightly to those needy souls who really need it.

Zikat Al-Fitr is mandatory for mature Muslims (baaligh), sane and financially stable & should have excess food and money. The minimum amount for Fitrana is based on dates, flour, rice, or other foodstuffs. Before Eid al-Fitr prayers the Fitrana is paid to the deprived ones.

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