Zakat al-Fitr

What is Zakat al-Fitr?

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

The charity giver pays for himself/herself and on behalf of all of his/her dependents.

How will Islamic Relief use your Zakat al-Fitr? We use these blessed 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. For more information about zakat, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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