Understand your true Zakat
Find out how much you owe in Zakat-al-Fitr this year
We've aggregated Zakat-al-Fitr amounts from 80 mosques in the US. Let's find the closest one to you (or click on the map).
Based on the closest mosque, your Zakat-al-Fitr is ___ per person in your family.
What is Zakat-al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Fitr is a charity taken for the poor a few days before the end of fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The Arabic word Fitr means the same as iftar, breaking a fast, and it comes from the same root word as Futoor which means breakfast. Every Muslim is required to pay Zakat al-Fitr at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to God for having enabled him or her to observe the obligatory fast.
How is Zakat-al-Fitr calculated?
The amount of Zakat is the same for everyone regardless of their different income brackets. The minimum amount is one sa` (four double handfuls) of food, grain or dried fruit for each member of the family.
This calculation is based on Ibn 'Umar's report that the Prophet made Zakat al-Fitr compulsory and payable by a sa` of dried dates or a sa` of barley. According to the majority of Sunni scholars, one sa' is 2.6 kg-3 kg.
When should I pay my Zakat-al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Fitr is only Wajib for a particular period of time. If one misses the time period without a good reason, they have sinned and can not make it up. This form of charity becomes obligatory from sunset on the last day of fasting and remains obligatory until the beginning of `Eid Prayer (i.e. shortly after sunrise on the following day).
However, it can be paid prior to that, as many of the Sahabah used to pay Sadaqah-al-Fitr a couple days before the `Eid. After the spread of Islam, the jurists permitted its payment from the beginning and middle of Ramadan so as to ensure that the Zakat al-Fitr reached its beneficiaries on the day of `Eid.
Who pays Zakat-al-Fitr?
Zakat al-Fitr is must be paid for every Muslim in the household, even if they are not fasting. This even includes the unborn child. Take the amount provided by your local masjid and multiply it by the number of people in your household. That is how much you owe in Zakat-al-Fitr.
Where should I donate my Zakat-al-Fitr?
The distribution of Zakat al-Fitr is the same as that of Zakah, and is included within its broader sense. Those who may receive Zakat al-Fitr are the eight categories of recipients mentioned in Surat Al-Tawbah, [9: 60]. They include:
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