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Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam that eligible Muslims must fulfill. This obligation entails giving a portion of one’s wealth to aid those in need, allowing them to improve their standard of living.
During Ramadan, a month known for its abundant blessings and rewards, Muslims are obligated to observe a specific form of Zakat (an act of giving) known as Zakat al-Fitr. Here is everything you need to know about Zakat al-Fitr, including its significance and timing.
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What is Zakat al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Fitr, also known as Sadaqat al-Fitr or Zakat al-Fitrah, is a mandatory charity that Muslims must give at the conclusion of the month of fasting, Ramadan. This type of Zakat is often referred to as “the Charity of Breaking the Fast” or “the Alms of Human Nature” since it is believed to be an innate characteristic of human beings to give to others in need.
Generally, Muslims are required to give approximately 3 kilograms (or an equivalent value in cash) of staple food in their region, such as rice, wheat, or dates, to other less fortunate Muslims.
The significance of Zakat al-Fitr
In essence, the observance of Zakat al-Fitr is intended to assist those who are in need by providing them with food donations, enabling them to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with joy and happiness. Additionally, Muslims believe that Zakat al-Fitr allows them to purify their soul and safeguards them from engaging in any immoral behaviors or speech.
Due to the abundant virtue of Zakat al-Fitr, eligible Muslims must fulfill this obligation with unwavering religious fervor.
Zakat Al-Fitr timings
In general, Muslims who possess surplus staple food equivalent to approximately 3 kilograms are obligated to offer Zakat al-Fitr to underprivileged Muslims before the conclusion of Ramadan. Any donation made after Ramadan ends will be regarded as Sadaqah, which is a voluntary donation with no specified minimum amount.