The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be Upon Him) enjoined Zakaat Ul-Fitr as purification for the fasting person from idle and obscene talk, and to feed the poor. Whoever pays it before the (Eid) prayer, it is accepted Zakaah, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is (ordinary) charity. [Abu Dawood]
About this Project
What is Zakat ul Fitr?
Zakaat al-fitr is obligatory and like all other obligatory duties, each person is obliged to do it individually.
Zakaat al-fitr must be given in the form of the people’s staple food, because of the report from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
“At the time of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) we used to give on the day of (Eid) al-Fitr, a saa’ of foodstuff” [Bukhari]
And Abu Sa’eed said: Our (staple) food was barley, raisins, dried yoghurt and dates. [Bukhari]
In Pakistan this is equivalent to approximately £5 per person.
Zakat ul Fitr Programmes
Our distribution programme each year helps many people who are living in extremely testing conditions across Pakistan and Tanzania. Many of the women who have been directly aided by Ar-Rahmah Trust are widows and have been forced into work because of their situation and for very little money.
Other beneficiaries of this project include orphans and those suffering from disabilities, all of whom have been living in very poor and difficult circumstances and are in great need of
Method of distribution
Potential beneficiaries who are residing in the countries we operate in, are assessed by local Imams and councilors. This determines who may be eligible for the Zakat ul Fitr food parcels. After the assessment has taken place by the local Imams and councilors, disadvantaged beneficiaries subsequently receive the food parcels.
Example of typical Zakat ul Fitr Food Parcel (Pakistan)
Kafaarah (expiation) for breaking a Fast intentionally
The one who has intercourse with his wife during the day in Ramadan has to free a believing slave. If that is not possible then he must fast for two consecutive months. If he is unable to do that, then he must feed sixty poor persons. The expiation is required in this order and it is not permissible to move from one to the next unless one is unable to do the first thing. If you are unable to fast, then both of you must feed sixty poor people. In Pakistan this is equivalent to approximately £180 per person.