What does Zakat ul-Fitr mean?
It means to purify. It purifies the one who gives it from his/her sins done inadvertently and increases one’s reward.
What is the ruling on Zakat ul Fitr?
Obligatory upon every Muslim who has access to extra food.
Who gives Zakat ul-Fitr?
The head of the household gives it for everyone in his household (including servants and newborns).
How much should be given in Zakat ul-Fitr?
A sa’ per person which is equivalent to 2.25 kg (about 5.06 lbs).
What should be given as Zakat ul-fitr?
It is most preferable to give dates, barley, wheat, cottage cheese, and raisins. But if other halal food items are more readily available, you may give them instead (i.e. rice, lentils, etc…).
Qur’an 2:43, 22:78, 24:56, 58:13, 87:14
May I give money instead of food?
Yes, you can donate $10 (per person) by either putting it in the donation box at Masjid, or during taraweeh, or hand over to any of the council members.
To whom should Zakat ul-Fitr be given?
The following categories of people may receive it: the penniless, people struggling to make ends meet and do not beg, institutions dealing with the distribution of Zakat, new Muslims, to free captives/slaves, those who are in debt, for the cause of Islam, and to a stranded traveler.
Can you appoint someone to give Zakat ul-Fitr on your behalf?
It is permissible to give the items to a Masjid to distribute on your behalf.