Zakat al-Fitr

Every adult Muslim who possesses food in excess of their needs must pay zakat al-Fitr (fitrana). The head of household should also pay zakat al-Fitr for their dependants such as children, servants and any dependent relatives. Zakat al-Fitr can be paid during Ramadan, before Eid al-Fitr prayers at the latest, so that the poor can enjoy the day of Eid. The minimum amount due is the equivalent to the cost of about 2 kg of wheat flour, rice. This year zakat is $12 per person in your household.

 

How is Zakat Al-Fitr calculated?

Zakat al-Fitr is about the price of one meal— This is estimated at $12 in 2020 in Tucson, Arizona.

This amount is calculated by the Quran and Sunnah relayed to us by Imams and Mosques in the State of Arizona.

The amount of Fitrah or Zakat al-Fitr is called a “sa’a”, ie the minimum prescribed amount. It is the same for everyone, regardless of their different income brackets. One sa’a is traditionally (two handfuls or 2.176kg, approximately) of food, grain or dried fruit. This calculation is based on Ibn ‘Umar’s report that the Prophet (SAW) made Fitrah compulsory. Given the market rate of these items in Tucson, Arizona. The calculated Zakat al-Fitr amount is $12 per person in your household. This full amount is given to families who are in need (asnaf) and apply for assistance.

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